MLB: Jeter’s Final ASG, Trout Crowned MVP
Derek Jeter, the name that echoed throughout Target Field during the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
The 14-time All-Star didn’t fall short of his clutch self, and the captain showed a stellar performance, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Mr. November is the oldest player with multiple hits in an ASG, and finished off his All-Star career with a .481 average at 13-for-27.
As the leadoff hitter for the American League, Jeter notched a double to the right side seconds after a member of the crowd shouted “overrated”. The American League went on to earn a 5-3 victory over the National League.
Another key player in Tuesday night’s game was the MVP, outfielder Mike Trout. The young ballplayer drove in the first run of the game, following Jeter’s double with a triple. The success didn’t stop there, as he would hit a double in the fifth inning to break the tie and give his team the lead.
Coming up with a big hit in the first was slugger Miguel Cabrera, blasting a two-run homer to left field, giving the AL a three-run lead.
The NL answered back in the top of the second, putting themselves within one run of the opposition. Chase Utley’s double to center brought in his team’s first run, followed by a Jonathan Lucroy double to put the score at 3-2.
Lucroy’s bat was on fire, and he hit a second double in the fourth to score Dee Gordon. This was the final run scored by the NL, and the AL would later take the lead in the fifth with the help of Trout and Jose Altuve.
The remainder of the game resulted in a dominant performance by each team’s relievers. Twins fans were satisfied as they got the chance to see their closer, Glen Perkins, earn the save in his home stadium.
Jeter received an immense amount of praise throughout the night, and fellow players had nothing but good things to say about him. In the fourth inning, Jeter was removed from the game and the stadium went into an uproar. He was replaced by Alexei Ramirez and received a curtain call to close out his fourteenth All-Star appearance.
This season’s World Series will give the American League the home-field advantage. The advantage had played an important role in the last five World Series, as the victors had the home-field advantage.