Players and managers from both the American League and the National League honored late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night. Coincidentally, Alomar won All-Star MVP the last time Cleveland hosted the All-Star Game.
The game was played in less than three hours and it featured a pair of prolific home runs, a total of 23 strikeouts, and no errors in the field. The AL never trailed after that, so Kershaw took his second career MLB All-Star Game loss.
"Kind of stepped off the back of the mound after one of the pitches and wasn't totally able to look up and see everything, just because there was so much going on, but I heard everything and really soaked it all in", he said of the electricity in the stadium. "I don't really know what to say, honestly".
Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets, who grew up in Santa Barbara before moving to Nipomo, was on the National League All-Star team and went 0-for-1 in his only plate appearance. The second-year big leaguer from UC Santa Barbara struck out Contreras looking on a 95 miles per hour fastball, punched out Marte swinging over a curveball, and with the decibel level progressively rising and exhortations of "Bie-ber, Bie-ber" thundering from the partisan home crowd of 36,747, froze Acuna looking at an 85 miles per hour slider to punctuate his night.
Aroldis Chapman threw a flawless ninth to give the AL its 19th win 22 games, with a tie stuck in there.
Carrasco held a sign that read "I Stand'" while Lindor's said: "Cookie", the pitcher's nickname. I wanted to see my picture up there. "I know what it means to the family".