The 2017 All-Star Game would be played with but one Chicago Cubs player, and that guy (Wade Davis) wasn’t even on the 2016 World Series-winning roster. But that doesn’t mean the game was no fun, especially when the Cubs got what one could perceive as much-needed rest as they try to figure out how to stop sucking.
Thank goodness for the Home Run Derby, which I think might be even more fun than the actual game itself. Particularly if guys like Aaron Judge continue to punish the “not juiced” baseball with reckless abandon:
Thank goodness also for the Futures Game, featuring Eloy Jimenez (who didn’t do so hot at the plate, but very few did against eventual game MVP Brent Honeywell). The World team staged an exciting late comeback, but the USA finally nailed down the final out.
Bryce Harper leaves 'em hanging pic.twitter.com/uObPfA8f9j
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 12, 2017
Harper also made an amazing catch and followed that up with a signature hair flip:
Hair flip might have been better than the catch pic.twitter.com/d5qvhDzbVK
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 12, 2017
The broadcast had a pair of in-game, live-action interviews with George Springer and Bryce Harper while they were fielding their positions. I hope they don’t try this in actual games that matter, but this exhibition was the perfect time to do something like this.
The Miami All-Star game had a lot of fun moments, and they started it off great with recognition of the Latin-born Hall of Famers:
— MLB (@MLB) July 12, 2017
The Atlanta Braves’ mid-game mascot, the Freeze, couldn’t catch an unusually athletic opponent:
The Freeze lost! pic.twitter.com/HoOj6kzpyj
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 12, 2017
Yadier Molina had an interesting color scheme…
— Stadium (@watchstadium) July 12, 2017
He also did Nelson Cruz a solid…
Nelson Cruz asking Yadi to take a picture of Cruz and Joe West. LETS GET WEIRD. (I love this.) pic.twitter.com/XTFEyKyTc8
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 12, 2017
And of course he tied the game with a homer. Devil magic is real, folks. Joe Buck said Yadi was the oldest catcher to hit an All-Star homer, so there’s that. Unfortunately, between that homer and Miguel Sano‘s bloop into no-man’s land, the highlights were mostly on defense, which was fun and all, but boy did this game need more offense!
Wade Davis finally entered the game in the top of the tenth and gave up a leadoff homer to Robinson Cano…
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) July 12, 2017
Davis did turn a nice 1-6-3 double play, though. Coupled with the great pitching and defense overall, the NL made two outs in the bottom of the 10th before Joey Votto drew a walk against Andrew Miller. But the American League won again, 2-1, as Cody Bellinger struck out. Since he hit the game-winner, Cano got MVP. Yay!
This game doesn’t count, though, and we had fun. Just could have used a few more runs. On to the second half!