ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis really has a lot to be proud of as we look back on the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. From one of the games starting pitchers, to the TV broadcasters and the games’ top performers, you can’t keep our city out of the game story.
Here is how St. Louis played some of the most important roles in last night’s game:
1) Joe Buck
He lives in St. Louis, duh. Every minute of the game had at St. Louis connection as Fox’s top sports broadcaster gave the play-by-play with color analyst John Smoltz (who also pitched for the Cardinals in 2009).
Buck most important contribution to this year’s game were his live interviews with players while they were in right field. Both George Springer of the Houston Astros and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals were mic’ed up during live game action.
Some might think the players would hate having to do an interview in the middle of a game, but clearly Buck made it enjoyable. Harper kept the conversation going through the entire top of the 4th and asked Buck a question about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
2) Yadier Molina
It wasn’t just his performance, accounting for the NL’s only run with a home run in the 6th, but also his obvious joy of being at his 8th All-Star Game.
As he rounded second base on his home run, he was greeted by short stop Francisco Lindor (his teammate from Team Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic):
And Molina was in the middle of the most memorable part of the 2017 All-Star Game, as Nelson Cruz’s photographer. The Seattle Mariners’ slugger brought his smartphone to his at bat in the top of the 6th, and asked Molina to take a photo of him and umpire Joe West.
West just recently became the third umpire ever to work in more than 5,000 MLB games.
Here’s the photo taken by Molina:
And how about that gold catching gear he was wearing…
3) Carlos Martinez
The man with blue hair (which is rumored to be going back to black soon) out performed every other pitcher last night. He and AL starter Chris Sale were the only pitchers to throw more than a single inning. But Martinez’s four strikeouts were unmatched.
He’s the first players to record four strikeouts in an All-Star Game since 2000, and the first Cardinals player to do it since Dizzy Dean in 1934.
4) Max Scherzer
The Parkway Central grad, and Mizzou made pitcher was the starter for the NL, and his 173 strikeouts for the Washington Nationals is the most in the majors this year. Oh, and he struck out the Home Run Derby champ and mega-human, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees: