Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd.
Mariano Rivera had a great show at the All-Star Game. He had a 1-2-3 inning in his final All-Star Game appearance. He won the Game MVP and the crowd gave him a tremendous standing ovation when he entered and exited the game. It was beautiful.
The only thing different about this than what he’s been doing most of his career is that this happened all the in the eighth inning. The best closer in the history of the game did not close the game. He came in to set up Joe Nathan in the ninth. Manager Jim Leyland had to have had a good reason for this, right?
Normally in any situation, Rivera would pitch the final inning to get the save. The situation, however to Leyland was a little different. Entering the eighth inning, the American League was up 2-0 and Leyland must have thought that the National League might have a chance to take the lead at the bottom of the inning, thus eliminating the save situation. Rivera was told to warm up.
The final swing and the big bat flip.
Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s wins the home run derby with a show. He blasted 32 bombs en route to the title (and give the A’s fans discounted tickets). He’s the first player not on the All-Star team to win it. A relative unknown to most of America, he had a chance to display his skills and it was great to see the A’s get represented well.
This is his second season in the big leagues after defecting from Cuba in hopes of a better life here a little less than two years ago. He’s been learning English since he has arrived but hasn’t learned enough to be comfortable doing interviews. Despite all of that, he has assimilated himself real well and has embraced his new life in America.
However, that doesn’t stop the racist Americans from tweeting out their displeasure that Cespedes doesn’t know English. Twitter once again brings out the hate and racism from our country. And in case you didn’t know, English is not the official language of the United States. There is none.
This is a terrible idea. You’re basically asking your fans to go on Twitter and publicly post their phone numbers. Worst of all, the fans are dumb enough to agree to it.
Mike Gallego will throw to Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby.
Remember Bobby Abreu? He dominated the Home Run Derby and disappeared forever afterward.
Well, not really, but it drained him real bad. That’s my fear with Yoenis Cespedes at the home run derby this year. I know he’s going to put on a show. I’ve seen his batting practices. It’s amazing.
But with a guy who’s battled injuries since joining the A’s, the last thing he needs is strenuous activity during some time to rest. I don’t want him to come back for the second half exhausted. That’s my only fear.
But then again, I could be wrong and he puts on a show, the AL dominates with ease, and he finds his groove. I’m probably over-thinking it. We’ll see how it goes.
These two should be on the All-Star team.
The Oakland Athletics are one of three American League teams with 50 wins. They hold the fifth best record in baseball right now. They are only three games back from the best record in baseball. They only have one All-Star representative.
Pitcher Bartolo Colon was the only Athletic selected and he deserves it. But that means once again, the A’s don’t have a position player on the All-Star roster again. The last one was catcher Ramon Hernandez in 2003.
Josh Donaldson should have been considered. He doesn’t even make it as a reserve. He’s not even on the Final Vote. Closer Grant Balfour is in the middle of a streak in which he’s converted 40 straight save opportunities. He’s not on the roster or for the final vote. I don’t know what more these two needed to do just to be even considered for the Final Vote.
It’s great to get fans involved in voting and social media. The A’s are promoting the game by telling players to vote with certain hashtags. As you can see by the link provided in the tweets, they’re asking fans to use certain #hashtags.
And in a sense it’s a good idea, but it could have been thought out better.
They are as follows.
Earlier in the day, New Era confirmed in a fan forum chat that the All-Star game BP caps will be the same technology used for the Spring Training caps. Knowing that and seeing the above screenshot, we have an idea on what the All-Star Game gear will look like.
Using the theme of the Mets, the cap features the New York skyline and an the “A” and “N” to designate the leagues. It will also be a white panel cap, which is starting to gain popularity with the Orioles and several other teams using it for their BP caps.
The jerseys are the same template as the BP jerseys and the design is simple. I like it that way and I am glad that is what we’re getting.
A perfect moment in time.
As I mentioned last week, I am a huge fan of Chipper Jones and I wanted to see him in the All-Star Game. I am glad he made it and got a standing ovation. Getting a hit was icing on the cake.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote this beautiful column about Jones’ night and his impact to the baseball world.
There’s no crying in baseball? My eyes watered reading this and flashing back to all the great memories watching Jones play ball. I think you might do the same too.
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