What Happened at the 2021 MLB All-Star Game?
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This past Tuesday, the 91st All-Star Game, also known as the Midsummer Classic, was held at Coors Field in Denver Colorado. The game boasted a strong lineup of Major League Baseball’s most talented players and was the first since 2019, whereas the game is usually an annual event. Despite this all, Tuesday’s match between the American League and the National League was one of the least-watched of all time, with eight million viewers. If you missed the game here’s a recap.
Which team won the MLB All-Star Game?
The American League All-Star team took its eighth consecutive win this year over the National League in a five to two victory.
How did the MLB All-Star Game progress?
The opening ceremonies honored American baseball player and Baseball Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron, who passed away earlier this year. In a very emotional moment, the vast majority of players and fans gave their condolences and thanks to Aaron’s wife.
After the opening ceremony, the game began and was ultimately filled with some truly incredible moments. Players on both teams exhibited immense levels of skill (it was the All-Star Game, after all) on the field.
Pitcher Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels threw the All-Star Game’s fastest pitch at just over 100 mph. Ohtani, also known as Showtime, pitched a perfect first inning and led as designated hitter, making him the first player ever to start the game on the mound and at the plate.
A sleek sliding catch in left field from Los Angeles first-baseman Jared Walsh was a definite highlight. This catch prevented the National League team from scoring a couple of runs.
Who was the MLB All-Star Game MVP?
At just 22 years old, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took the MVP title. Guerrero became the second-youngest player to hit a home run in All-Star Game history, delivering a smashing 468-foot home run versus Corbin Burnes of the 2019 World Series wildcard team, the Milwaukee Brewers. Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to take MVP and youngest player to be named MVP in the All-Star Game.
The son of beloved MLB retiree Vladimir Guererro, heavy-hitter Guerrero Jr. proved he is much more than just name hype when he crushed his home run. In a great display of sportsmanship, he hit a line drive directly at pitcher Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and returned to the mound to give Scherzer a big hug.
What else is happening in the MLB this week?
Coming up next for baseball fans is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on September 8th. The conclusion of the regular season will take place on October 3rd. The closing of the regular season, of course, marks the beginning of the postseason, which comprises the Division Series and the 2021 World Series.
Did you watch the 2021 MLB All-Star game? What was your favorite part? Sound off in the comments!