What is the MLB All-Star Game?
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is almost a tradition in American homes. The only event in the sporting calendar you can buy tickets for… to see the real “All-Stars” of both the American and the National League battle it out for glory. The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th of its kind and took place on July 17th, at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. In total, there had been 88 All-Star Games and the record was dead even at 43-43, moreover with each league holding 361 runs. Hence, this game held the key to the fate of both the teams.
How did the 2018 MLB All Star turn out?
For the reasons mentioned above and as is generally expected from any MLB All Star Game worth its salt, the stadium was sold out by the start of the month. Not a hard feat to witness even sitting in front of an appreciable television at home. The MLB All-Star Game hops locations annually but so do its fans, with similar crowds expected for the games in Cleveland and Los Angeles in the following years. The audience came for a show and got one, and with the quality and sheer number of the “All-Stars” on the field, who’d have expected otherwise? Let’s take a look at the stars that we got to witness on the 17th.
Names of the Roster
The results of the 2018 voting for the teams’ lineups lead to the starters from both leagues and the complete rosters being announced on Sunday, July 8th, and the National League countered with Freddie Freeman, Nolan Arenado and Nick Markakis to break the American League’s streak. Freddie Freeman led the National League with more than 4,000,000 votes. The American League was also packed with some brilliant pitchers, with Corey Kluber of the Indians, Chris Sale of the Red Sox or Luis Severino of the Yankees being just a few names that hit off the bat. This year, like any other, recruited snubs included Max Muncy of the Dodgers and Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League along with Jean Segura of the Mariners and Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels.
With that amazing lineup, it was indeed the American League that continued its streak this year, shattering a tie in what can only be termed a truly historic moment. We can only hope that the NL catches up the next year. Till then, the only thing we can do is pray.