The 2016 MLB All-Star Game started with a blast, well for the National League that is.
In the top of the first inning, Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale let up a solo home run to the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant.
That’s nothing new for the Red Sox players as they are used to their starters allowing the opposition to take the lead in rapid fashion.
As for the Red Sox five participants that were in action, they certainly represented Boston well.
Entering his tenth and final All-Star game, David Ortiz gave his fellow American League teammates a speech that put his entire career into perspective.
In his only two at-bats, Big Papi went 0-1 while drawing a walk from the Miami Marlins’ young-stud Jose Fernandez (hopefully a future Red Sox to be) who did not groove three fastballs to David as he forecasted.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 13, 2016
Ortiz did leave to a standing ovation and an abundance of hugs from the American League team.
As for Ortiz’s young Red Sox teammates, they performed just as we expected.
Xander Bogaerts went 1-2 with a double and it was an absolute shot down the left field line, just like he does at Fenway Park.
Xander Bogaerts hammers a double down the line, as the Red Sox continue to carry the AL All Star team. https://t.co/qXUbB9inx6
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 13, 2016
Mookie Betts also performed well in his five innings of work. He, like Bogaerts, also went 1-2 at the plate. His second inning single ultimately ended with him crossing home plate as Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez crushed a two-run bomb.
Mookie Betts with a single in the all star game. https://t.co/w7xyhaykPF
— RED SOX STUFF (@RedSox_Stuff) July 13, 2016
We can’t forget to mention Jackie Bradley Jr. and his monstrous hits at the dish. Well, not very monstrous but he did go 2-2, both hits being singles. It’s worth noting that his first hit went approximately 42 feet up the third base line.
JBJ 💪💪💪💪💪 https://t.co/zJNIgbkjMP
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) July 13, 2016
The Red Sox did have two pitchers make the All-Star team, however, Craig Kimbrel wasn’t available as he tore his meniscus tendon in his left knee in the series prior to the All-Star game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The knuckle-baller we know as Steven Wright was available, but he unfortunately didn’t get the chance to show off why he leads the AL with a 2.68 ERA. Red Sox fans can thank Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost for that.
He seemed as if he was enjoying his stay though.
Steven Wright looking dadly as ever. pic.twitter.com/uootVPPdQz
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 13, 2016
The American League did what they do and defeated the National League, 4-2, and they have claimed home field advantage in the World Series.
And Wright is still waiting to pitch.