Don’t tell the Giants that this game doesn’t mean something.
“San Francisco Giants show,” Matt Kemp of the rival Dodgers said during the game.
When one of your rivals says it,it must be true. The four Giants named to the All-Star squad no doubt impressed on Tuesday night in Kansas City at the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The National League won their third straight against the American League 8-0.
In their spiffy orange shoes, Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera came up with the key hits that helped the National League triumph. In the first inning, Sandoval hit a triple to deep right field to get three runs in for a 4-0 lead.
“I don’t get many triples,” said the slow-footed Sandoval, known as Kung Fu Panda. “We had some fun with that in the dugout.”
In the fourth, Cabrera hit a two-run homer to left field which would prove to be the last run for the National League. He was named Most Valuable Player.
“I was surprised for me, the MVP, but thank you, the fans,” he said.
In addition, Matt Cain threw the first two innings of the game, allowing only one hit and was the winning pitcher. Buster Posey caught five shoutout innings behind the plate in his first All-Star appearance. All four Giants started in the game.
“For those guys to go out and score five runs in the first inning was definitely a little more relaxing for me,” Cain said. “But I still tried to stay focused.”
Sitting a half a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, Giants fans more than anyone just might enjoy this All-Star Game victory in October. This All-Star win also could be the thing that gets them on the right track as the team won only six of their last 13 games, all of which were against teams in first place in their divisions. Losing 13-2 on Sunday, the players representing the Giants had something to prove.
That not only did all four of them belong there but that they are a team that can contend and just might come October. I only wish the league would let these guys wear those orange shoes. Those are just too cool,yo!
Evidently the Tigers players didn’t feel similar urgency.