Yankees Stole the All-Star Game – Clovercrest Media Group
By: JJ Vargas
After what many consider one of the most exciting home run derby’s in current memory, featuring rookies Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and contest winner Pete Alonso, the weekend on Progressive Field didn’t disappoint in a competitive All Star game. Within that game, five Yankees filled the roster and their presences were felt.
Indians pitcher Shane Bieber, who struck out the side in the fifth inning in the American League’s 4–3 victory over the National League earned Most Valuable Player honors yet the boxscore will show that a pair of Yankees Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman, earned the win and the save, respectively. Those who attended saw CC Sabathia, drafted and developed by the Cleveland Indians and who was here as only an honorary member, get standing ovations to both open and close the festivities.
Second year Yankees star Gleyber Torres also saw time this weekend earning back to back trips to the All Star game in his young career. Catcher Gary Sanchez continues to display why he’s the best catcher in the majors with 47.1% of votes making it his second appearance as an All Star starting in the lineup.
As the festivities conclude and teams prepare for the second half of the season, the bombers sit atop the AL East ahead 6.5 games over Tampa and know the playoff push will be a tough one. With a World Series championship a realistic goal this year, the Yankees season has only just begun.