The final day of Major League Baseball’s All-Star celebration began each player boarding a Chevy truck with their family and parading through the streets of San Diego on the way to Petco Park. They were joined by team mascots and the World Series Trophy, while legendary Padres Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman were the Grand Marshals of the parade. Fans lined the streets to see the players and cheered all the way.
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Another emotional moment came when MLB announced that the AL and NL batting title trophies will be renamed after two Hall of Famers and all-time great batters: the AL award will be named for Rod Carew, while the NL hardware will be dedicated to Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn.
Then, finally, it was time to play ball.
The early scoring continued in the bottom of the second. Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals hit a solo home run and then his Royals teammate Salvador Perez jacked a two-run blast off NL starting pitcher Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants to give the AL a 3-1 lead.
Later that inning, Hosmer hit an RBI single off Fernandez to score Encarcion to put the AL up 4-1. In the top of the fourth, the NL struck back on an RBI single by the Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna to make the score 4-2. But they stranded two runners, missing a chance to tie the game.
After the game resumed, the teams went back and forth without scoring. But in the eighth, the NL had a golden chance for a comeback. With the bases loaded and two outs, Aledyms Diaz of the St. Louis Cardinals could have tied the game — or given the NL the lead — with one swing. But pitcher Will Harris of the Houston Astros came up clutch and struck Diaz out.
In the top of the ninth, Orioles pitcher Zach Britton recorded the final three outs to give the AL a 4-2 victory.
The 87th All Star Mid Summer Classic turned out to be a great game, and San Diego was a great host city. Is it too early to start thinking about the 2017 Midsummer Classic in Miami?
Photos: Max Ferregur (field), Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images (parade, game), Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images (Ortiz), Harry How/Getty Images (Stand Up 2 Cancer), Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images (Hosmer)