The 10 best moments from the 2017 All-Star Game
Tuesday night saw the American League defeat the National League, 2-1, in the 88th Major League All-Star Game. With the best of the best coming together to play baseball, there was no doubt that the game would be special. But just as the All-Star Game elevates the best players from the other upper echelon of athletes, we have isolated 10 of the best moments from Tuesday's action:
If you ever thought that ballplayers don't care about the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer proved that belief wrong from the very outset. Before he even took the mound, he looked furious. He stomped and shouted like he had emerged to do battle to the death in the Coliseum:
Knowing that he would only be used for one inning, he dispensed with any idea of saving himself. Every pitch was max effort and his mighty grunts could be heard all across this great land as he struck out
2. Terry Francona makes a very important "appearance"
Francona is perhaps the funniest and most likable Major League manager in the game. So, his absence was a tremendous loss for both the American League and the fans as he recuperated at home following a heart procedure. Fortunately, Indians bench coach and acting manager
With two out and a runner on in the top of the second,
With the quality of pitching on display, the two teams seemed to realize pretty early on that runs would be at a premium. So, in the bottom of the first inning,
In an alternate reality, perhaps Arenado makes it to second and the entire game changes from there.
2017 is the year of the dinger. So, naturally, it was the runner-up in the Home Run Derby who got a pop fly to drop in just inside the right-field line as Harper and his flowing locks couldn't come up with it.
6. The fun
Yes, the players took it seriously, but just like when you play a pickup game, you're there to have fun, too. Before
He then took a mighty crack against
But Molina wasn't merely a prop in Cruz's photo. Beyond wearing the shiniest catching gear you may ever see, he used his sixth-inning at-bat to tie the game with a solo homer. Racing the bases with a wide smile on his face -- having to avoid Lindor along the way -- he then reached the dugout and did his own version of the Harper hair flip. Yes, the story of 2017 is the hair flip.
8. Wind energy
If you are a fan of pitching -- or just want your own Little League career to be represented by big league batters -- then this was the All-Star Game for you. 23 batters struck out -- good for 38 percent of the outs recorded. The strikeouts themselves were plenty beautiful, too.
With a smaller roster in this year's All-Star game, there were surely some nervous people as the game went to extra innings. In his eighth All-Star Game, Cano went deep to break the tie and give the American League the lead, earning him MVP honors. It shouldn't be a surprise. After all, Cano won the 2011 Home Run Derby, so he's used to going deep when he's needed.
10. 10th-inning defense
Without the glovework, perhaps we're still watching the All-Star Game at this very minute. Which, actually, sounds pretty great. Thanks for nothing, guys.