2017 MLB All Star Game Festivities Begins With A Bang With The Home Run Derby
It’s officially the midseason of the 2017 baseball campaign with the start of the all-star break that started Monday. For many players and teams it is a much needed break for players to both mentally and physically heal. And for the struggling teams, it gives them time to think about if they want to be a buyer or seller to better their teams and which direction they want to go. But for those players who have stood out with their great performances in the first half of the season they are rewarded with an invite to the all-star festivities which are happening in Miami this year.
The Home run derby on Monday started off the events of the all-star break. The 2017 MLB All Star Game Festivities Begins With A Bang With The Home Run Derby, many people are critics of the home run derby. Some saying it’s boring and others just not having any interest in it. But this year was a bit different. Many young players were invited to participate. Among those who competed were defending champion and hometown favorite Giancarlo Stanton, heavyweight slugger Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Mike Moustakas, Miguel Sano, Gary Sanchez, Justin Bour, and Charlie Blackmon. The derby was full of surprises and explosive blasts as each head to head match literally went down to the final swing in almost each round. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge were the two favorites going into the event, but all the other hitters were up for their challenge. Giancarlo Stanton was knocked out earlier than expected, but it literally came down to his final swing. In the end it was the New York Yankee bigman Aaron Judge winning the home run title with his titanic blasts and his consistency to beat out the other challengers. Judge keeps his dream season going. He has already hit 30 homers at the break and is in contention for possibly a triple crown if things continue at the pace he’s going at now.
The main event for the midseason break, of course, is the well anticipated All-star game. There have been many memorable all-star games in the past and hopefully this year’s game will not be disappointing. The winner of the game wins homefield advantage for their league for the World Series, so it is extremely important for both teams to play the game smart and hard to represent their respective leagues well. This year’s game includes many familiar names, but also some young exciting first time all-stars as well. Red sox starter Chris Sale will start the game for the American League with his 11 wins and 178 strikeouts. The National league will counter with Washington Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer, who has already accumulated 10 wins and a 2.10 era. The big names that everyone will be watching are sluggers Aaron Judge of the Yankees and the Dodgers young star Cody Bellinger. But their are also many familiar names participating once again. Veterans Jose Altuve, Salvador Perez, and Robinson Cano are all having great seasons and again representing the American League. On the National league, familiar names such as Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw will be taking the field in hopes of helping their team win homefield advantage in the World Series. Their are also many first time all-stars to help make the game even more exciting for both the players and the fans. On the American league side, the list includes Aaron Judge, Jos Ramirez, and George Springer. First time all-stars for the National league include Cody Bellinger, Zack Cozart, and Michael Conforto. Many questions pop up with each all star game like who will be dominant and win the All-star MVP and who will make the big key play or mistake. These games have been very competitive in years past and let’s hope for another exciting finish this year.