Game overshadowed by passing of Steinbrenner
By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Staff –
The National League, on a three run scoring double off the bat of game MVP Brian McCann, beat the American League for the first time in thirteen years.
This year’s midsummer matchup could be described as a pitchers duel. It may not have been what Fox wanted for one of Major League Baseball’s premier events but two hurlers tossing 98 MPH bullets into the Anaheim shadows, that’s what you get.
Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and Tampa Bay’s David Price typify baseball’s new balance of power. The power pitching duo, with nearly 30 wins between them, contributed to many of the 18 strikeouts, by the games best hitters.
Jonathan Broxton, the Los Angeles Dodger closer, came into the ninth inning to get the save. The National League gets the thirteen year monkey off it’s back and more importantly, will have home field advantage during the World Series.
The baseball world and Yankee fans everywhere were heavy hearted as iconic New York Yankee owner, George Steinbrenner, passed on All Star game day, at age 80.
Steinbrenner, who purchased the Yankees for under $10 million in 1973, changed the culture of the club and reestablished a legacy of success.
The Yankees won 11 American League pennants and 7 World Series titles during his reign.
Known for his relentless dedication to win and unmitigated loyalty to and from his players and coaches, Steinbrenner was a force in baseball.
Yankee Captain Derek Jeter recalls meeting the owner for the first time. Steinbrenner approached the lanky 18 year old, prior to a minor league game in the Gulf Coast league. “He just walked up to me, shook my hand firmly and said, We expect big things from you” according to Jeter.
Synonymous with passion and success, George Steinbrenner, the ship builder from Cleveland, will live on in Yankee heaven.
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