NATIONAL LEAGUE

  • Prince Fielder hit the go-ahead HR in the 4th
  • Roy Hallady and Cliff Lee dominated the AL lineup
  • Brian Wilson and his infamous beard sealed the deal in the 9th.
  • Castro stole a base and had an error. What is with this kid? He has to cut down the errors. But, watching the replay, Votto could have done a better job of trying to scoop the ball, so I won’t put all of the blame on Starlin. Every other aspect of his game is phenomenal.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  • Gonzalez scored the AL’s only run with a solo home run.
  • Bautista flashed the leather in right field with a great defensive play early in the game.
  • The AL hitters had a hard time figuring out the NL pitchers.

TAKEAWAY

The NL showed pitching prowess and clutch hitting tonight. Bochy was aggressive with his base runners (Quade, pay attention and take notes). The Phillies are lucky to have both Halladay and Lee. Bochy used three of the Braves’ relievers in a row. Somehow, it doesn’t seem fair that these teams get great players for small-ish amounts of money (smaller than the Cubs are paying, anyway). I’m glad that Castro was the Cubs’ representative for this. It would be nice to see more Cubbie blue on the field, though. Maybe someday that wish will come true. Until then, we’ll hope and pray the Cubs can develop some great players like Halladay, Lee, and Fielder.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Beckett missed the game because… he had an injury? No way! That’s never happened before!
  • Jeter decided to not play in this game. I don’t blame him, considering that the AL would have the most overrated starting fielders in the history of the game.
  • The NL has won for two years in a row. Too bad the Cubs most likely won’t get the privilege of having home-field advantage in the World Series.
  • Seeing Mike Quade in the dugout felt very… wrong. Of all the other decent managers in the National League, Bochy picked him? Weird decision. However, maybe he imparted some fundamental baseball knowledge to Mike.
  • Prince Fielder is a vegetarian. I’d hate to see what would happen to him if he decided to start eating meat.
  • During the game, they compared pictures of Brian Wilson from last year and this year. He looks like a totally different person. Personally, he looks better with that unnaturally black beard.

Closing thought:

Why should the All Star game determine home-field advantage? It’s an exhibition game. With all the substitutions and pitching changes, a team can’t get into a rhythm, so it really just boils down to the luck of the draw with which batters face which pitchers late in the game. But, is there any other good way to decide home-field advantage?

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Prince Fielder (.228 WPA)

2nd Star – Adrian Gonzalez (.127 WPA)

3rd Star – Roy Halladay (.097 WPA)

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec