Every year, the Midsummer Classic is filled with remarkable events, and the 92nd edition was no exception.
The American League defeated the National League 3-2 on Tuesday night in the 2022 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard thanks to a three-run fourth inning. The AL’s victory was its eighth consecutive in the Midsummer Classic and improved its All-Star Game record to 47-43.
This All-Star Game had everything, from booming home runs to mic’d-up stars. Here are the 12 greatest moments.
1. Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols were announced as All-Stars for the 12th and 11th time, respectively, with Miggy representing the American League and Pujols representing the National League.
Cabrera, who joined the 3,000-hit club earlier this season, and Pujols, who is in the final year of a 22-year career, were selected as special selections for the All-Star Game. Both participated in the game, with Pujols launching a fly ball to far left and Cabrera grounding out to short.
2. Jackie Robinson was honoured by MLB and the All-Star host Dodgers with a special pregame ceremony in which the Dodgers legend “took the field” using mixed reality technology.
3. Mookie scores the first goal at home: Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked home the first run of the All-Star Game with an RBI single off a 98 mph fastball from AL ERA leader Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays. It was Betts’s first All-Star Game RBI and first hit since the 2016 All-Star Game.
4. Ohtani lives true to his word Shohei Ohtani was asked what he was most looking forward to before to the start of the All-Star Game.
“Initial pitch. Full force, “he said.
Then, he smashed Clayton Kershaw’s opening pitch into centre field for a base hit to begin the Midsummer Classic.
Emmanuel Clase of Cleveland secured the victory for the American League by striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Clase ended the game by striking out Garrett Cooper with a 99 mph cutter, Kyle Schwarber with a 100 mph cutter, and Jake Cronenworth with a 99 mph cutter.
5. Helsley hits 103: In the top of the eighth inning, Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley ramped up his fastball to 103 mph twice, getting a called strike and a foul against MLB hitting leader Luis Arraez.
Helsley and Aroldis Chapman are the only pitchers in the pitch-tracking era, which began in 2008, to reach 103 mph in an All-Star Game. Helsley’s eight triple-digit pitches were the second-most in an All-Star Game behind Chapman’s 2015 total of 13.
Paul Goldschmidt, a seven-time All-Star, hit the first home run of the 2022 All-Star Game with a 109 mph, 415-foot blast to left field off of Shane McClanahan to give the National League a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
After the game, Goldschmidt stated in the dugout, “It was incredible.” “I’ve never hit a home run in an All-Star Game. It was a moment of unreality.”
David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, took over the American League dugout in the fifth inning to do entertaining rapid-fire interviews with the All-Stars.
Introducing Miguel Cabrera as a pinch-hitter, he stated: “I am at “la casa” with Miguel Cabrera, my kid. You are aware that I will see you in Cooperstown in a few years, correct?”
Yes, see you there, replied Miggy. “Big Papi is in the building, sweetie.”
Papi then met with AL manager Dusty Baker… to make a request: “Hey Dusty… could you please let me in? I can go deep for you.”
Baker said, “I’ll save you until the ninth, just in case we’re behind.”
Later, while speaking with Alek Manoah, Big Papi inquired about how the Blue Jays’ right-handed pitcher would pitch to him.