MLB All-Star Game
The All-Star game for Major League Baseball is one of its most important All-Star breaks honoring legends, creating superstars and allowing today’s biggest stars to leave their legacy on the field. Initially players were chosen as a result of their great performances at the first half of the season. Today fans have a chance of voting their favorite players and teams select their best representatives by a team vote. The only major difference between 1933 and 2013 is that now the All-Star game decides who will take home field advantage into the World Series, which is why players give it their all to play deeper into the fall. The 84th MLB All-Star break was full of memories that we have decided to add a Hip-Hop spin to what we saw as the most interesting and most impressive aspects of this year’s summer classic.
Our Past Makes Our Future
Before we acknowledge today’s current stars we’ll be taking you back a bit and recognize some Hip-Hop hidden gems of former MLB All-Stars by the rappers that most respect to them.
Sammy Sosa #21 (No Longer Active)
(18 Yrs Pro) HITS: 2408, HRS:609, AVG: .273
Times Selected ASG: 7 Time All-Star
Single handedly carried the Chicago Cubs for years until they started to compete in the early 2000s. He is one of the greatest power hitters in history.
Barry Bonds #25 (No Longer Active)
(22 Yrs Pro) Hits:2935 , HRS:762 , AVG: .298
Times Selected ASG: 14 Time All-Star
Bonds is the all-time home run leader. He led the teams he was a part of to the highest heights in baseball but fell short to winning the world series.
Kenny Lofton #7 (No Longer Active)
(17 Yrs Pro) HITS: 2428, HRS:130, AVG: .299, SB:622
Times Selected ASG: 6 Time All-Star
One of MLB’s speed kings and a defensive great in the outfield.
Albert Pujols #5 (Active)
(13 Yrs Pro) HITS: 2335, HRS:490, AVG: .321
Times Selected ASG: 9 Time All-Star
Considered to be a part of MLB’s future. This phenom has won various awards as well as World Series is a Cardinal. Currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Now that we have shed some light on some of the greats of the past lets shed some light on what occurred this All-Star break. We will start our acknowledgements starting with the Home-Run Derby. One man outshined them all. Take a look:
Flexin’ With Yoenis Cespedes
The Cuban sensation showed why he is currently one of the greatest players playing in the Major Leagues. By crushing away 32 home runs he not only destroyed his competition but also took away the Home-Run Derby trophy. The most interesting thing about it all is that among the participants who were a part of this event he was the only one who was not an All-Star. That main reason only gave him more passion to show why he should be a part of the summer classic next year and for years to come.
Cespedes’ performance ranks 3rd in terms of Homeruns but he definitely captivated the audience and stole the show as seen from the video below:
Who Brought The JUICE?? (Homerun Studs)
The most intriguing hitters coming into the All-Star break were Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis. Both men became the first players in major league history to enter the break with at least 30 Homeruns and 90 RBI’s. Cabrera is leading the AL in average and runs batted in while Davis leads the majors in homeruns. The most important thing coming out of this is how it will set up a similar second half that Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire experienced in 1998 when they both had an epic competition for Roger Maris’ homerun record as well as the MVP trophy.
Star Is Born ( 1st Time All-Stars )
Both the National and American league were stacked with first time all-stars. There were a total of 39 first timers, which is an impressive feat as more than half of the rosters were first timers. The cool thing about it is that this is ushering in a younger era of baseball spearheaded by former top picks in the MLB that are well ware of their expectations and are up to the task of getting their teams to the post season.
ILLmatic Made You Look Moments (The Strikeouts)
I Git Down for Mine ( Defensive Plays )
Cliff Lee’s Look of Love ( Mean Muggin’ )
Miggy Trolls Pedroia
Blame It On Social Media
Here's a story of a fan that posted on twitter if he got 1000RTs he would run on to the field. He got over 3000RTS and still kept his word while getting tackled in the process.
Notable Hustle Awards:
Take One of the Team Award goes to... Robinson Cano
The healthiest of all Yankee batters went down and taken out of the first inning.
NWA 100 Miles and Runnin’ Award goes to…
Prince Fielder extends his hit and gets an exciting triple.
Keep It G…
The American League took away the game from the beginning. They ended up winning 3-0 as a result of their strong pitching and heavy hitting. Coming into the game the AL lineup was the most imposing as its featured the games best hitters. There was just no way that the National league was going to be able to match the AL’s physicality.
The End (Mariano Rivera)
The biggest story line from the All-Star game is New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera. It is the last year in the majors for Rivera before he retires at the end of the season and it’s even more important because this is his last All-Star game for the man that has defied the odds and helped continue the winning tradition for the Yankees. Arguably the most feared closer in history, Rivera is only closer to his final goodbye from the sport that has given him every accomplishment he has attained. It was a cool thing to see Rivera being embraced by every player, regardless of what league they played in. Although he didn’t close the game he did come into the 8th inning to the biggest reception any player got during the game, which made it a very enjoyable sight to see. Rivera ended up winning the All-Star game MVP.
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