All Star Game and Home Run Derby HighlightsPublished July 17, 2014 by David B
Baseball's grandee takes a bow after 14th All-Star Game as new generation steps up to the plate.
With the exception of the World Series (and possibly opening day), the Home Run Derby/All-Star Game is the pinnacle of the baseball season.
Big Stars, Big Plays
Played at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, this year's festivities were no exception, as baseball was able to send one of the game's greatest players and a shoe-in Hall of Famer off with a heartfelt farewell. It might not quite have been the same as last year when baseball said goodbye to its greatest ever closing pitcher, Mariano Riveira, a magician with a ball in his hand - but it was raucous nonetheless. And Jeter being Jeter, didn't disappoint.
He showed that he was there on merit and not just as emotional or nostalgic choice. In the first inning of the game Jeter dived full-length at his familiar short-stop position and threw to first, just missing the out. Going 2-for-2 in his final All-Star Game, Jeter showed that his big-game demeanor has not diminished with age.
At the other end of the career spectrum, Los Angeles Angels' 22-year-old star, Mike Trout, scooped up the MVP award with an outstanding batting display - he was 2 for 3 with one run and two RBI. He was also impressive in the field.
The American League, as they have done for 13 of the last 17 years, won the game - the final result was 5-3.
Home Run Derby
In the Home Run Derby on Tuesday, Yoenis Cespedes retained the title he won at Citi Field in 2013. The Oakland Athletics outfielder powered his way to a 9-1 success against Cincinnati's Todd Frazier. Cespedes finished with 28 homers, four fewer than he managed last year - but his technique was very sound throughout. Speaking through an interpreter, the Cuban remarked that he did not try and hit the ball too hard - so imagine how sweet a contact he must have got in hitting the night's longest homer, a 452 foot blast into the third deck above left field.
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