Almanac Baseball: MLB All Star Game




The 2022 All-Star Game took place on a warm afternoon at Dodgers Stadium. The American League and National League players wore uniforms with gold-coloured embossing, projecting a newfound swagger in America’s pastime.

For the ninth straight year, the AL team was victorious. The score this time around was 3-2. The NL stars got on the board early with two runs in the bottom of the 1st. In the 4th, their opponents bounced back when Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run bomb to tie the game. The next man to the plate, Byron Buxton, took a high fastball and clobbered that sucker to hit the winning run.

There was lots of razzamatazz and more bling than a rapper’s convention, but there was also a celebration of the game. Each pitcher brought something different to the mound. It was like watching ‘Tangles’ Walker, then Murali, and then James Anderson bowl. The full panoply of styles was on display.

Equally, the hitters put on a marvellous display. Some dashing fielding topped off the annual outing that traces its origin back to 1933.

Now we head into the second half of the season with the Yankees and Astros dominating the AL, while the Dodgers and Mets are looking the goods in the NL. They are the only teams regularly winning 6 or 7 out of every 10 games.

There is plenty of time for other teams to stand up. The Red Sox have done so in bursts, as have the Mariners in recent times.

The great marathon of a sporting spectacle continues to provide intrigue. The ASG is over for another year but the stars will come out to play and shine on, like crazy diamonds.


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Grew up playing the rugby codes in suburban Sydney. Moved to Melbourne during the Carey era so becoming a Shinboner was the natural call. Still love the game they play in heaven. Took an interest in MLB a few years back and have become infatuated with America's pastime.

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