Unlike the all-star games for most professional sports, I find Major League Baseball’s fascinating for a simple reason. The participants seem to be trying their best for fear of being embarrassed or, even worse, suffering an injury.
While interleague has taken away some of the questions the Mid-Summer Classic used to answer (for example, how would White Sox ace Chris Sale do against Cubs standout hitter Kris Bryant), it’s still pretty cool seeing how the game’s top hitters fare against pitchers they don’t typically face. The contest also tends to be more memory-producing friendly for its fans than the Pro Bowl.
Red Sox nation had their moment Tuesday when David Ortiz received a standing ovation upon removal from his final all-star appearance. Royals fans had theirs when Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez went yard and proved to be difference-makers in the American League’s win over the National League.
It’s another Royal, though, who produced my favorite all-star memory back in 1989. The distinct sound of bat meeting ball was unmistakable when Bo Jackson led off by crushing a Rick Reuschel offering 448 feet during his MVP performance.
Why? Jackson was the story heading into that game. He delivered by owning the moment.
Isn’t that one of the reasons why we watch sports?