Prince Fielder won the derby with twenty-eight total home runs, four of which were the longest hit by any batter. He and Ken Griffey, Jr. are the only players to have won multiple derbies. Robinson Cano failed to hit any, which I enjoyed.
The National League somehow managed to win its third straight All-Star Game by a most embarrassing and humiliating score of eight-zip. How that was even possible, I have no idea. The American League seriously needs to step it up. Fortunately it wasn’t the biggest run difference in the history of the All-Star Game. The American League earned that when it beat the National League, 12-0, in 1946 at Fenway, of course.
They scored five runs in the first thanks to a two-run home run, a bases-clearing triple hit with the bases loaded, and an RBI single. You can thank Justin Verlander for those; each of the American League pitchers pitched only one inning, but clearly his inning was by far the worst, ironically enough. Why couldn’t he pitch like that when we’ve had to face him? He’s the third pitcher to give up at least five runs in at most one inning and the first to do it since 1983. The last time an inning like this happened was in 2004, that most illustrious year, when the AL lit up the NL for six runs in the first.
They scored another three runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single and another two-run home run. You can thank Matt Harrison for those.
The AL posted six hits to the NL’s ten, none of which were for extra bases. The AL also went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base. Nobody had a multi-hit performance, but at least Papi didn’t go hitless; he went one for two. The entire team worked only three walks. Melky Cabrera won the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, and Ron Washington is the second manager to lose two straight World Series as well as two straight All-Star Games at the same time with the same teams.
Lastly, let it be stated here that the 2012 All-Star Game should have been held in the only ballpark that should have been the only logical choice in the first place: America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. Fenway Park turned one hundred years old this year and deserved to celebrate by hosting the All-Star Game. It’s been long enough since we last hosted one, and the fact that the ballpark is small shouldn’t have entered into it. The team, the brass, the city, and the fans deserved it. What’s done is done, but I’m just saying.