IT WAS AN EPIC WEEK IN MIAMI

It was a very exciting and at times interesting week here in South Florida.  Hometown heroes Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour electrified the faithful at Marlins Park Monday night, despite first round exits in the Home Run Derby.  The transplanted Yankee fans, of which there are a-plenty here in the sixth boro, saw their heroes Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge defeat the star Fish in epic fashion.  Oh, and by the way there was the 510 foot moon shot by Judge that will be talked about for years.  The rookie slugger put on a show of shows to win the event.

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Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge wins the 2017 Home Run Derby.

Tuesday night’s All-Star Game also ended with a pinstripes connection.  Former Yankee Robinson Cano capped off an extra inning 2-1 victory with a game winning homer in the top of the tenth inning.  The Seattle Mariners star also walked away with the game’s MVP award.

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Seattle’s Robinson Cano slams the game winning home run in the top of the 10th inning in a 2-1 American League victory.

 

With Tuesday’s victory, the American League has now won five straight All-Star affairs. Here’s a fun fact, the Junior Circuit’s recent dominance has been on enemy turf.  Four of the last five games have been hosted by the National League.  The Minnesota Twins have been the lone American League host since 2013.

The National League gets to don their home uniforms next year too as the game heads for the Nation’s Capital.  The last time an All-Star Game was in the shadow of the White House was 1969 as an American League venue.  It was held at RFK Stadium, home of the Washington Senators.  The American League will be the home team once again in 2019 when the game will be in Cleveland.

 

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Mariners’ Nelson Cruz poses with home plate umpire Joe West during Tuesday’s All-Star Game.  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is the photographer.

 

Amid the Aaron Judge moon shots and the Robinson Cano game winner, the All-Star experience is all about having fun.  Cano’s Mariners teammate Nelson Cruz did just that. Cruz entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and had an odd request.  He asked home plate umpire Joe West for time out so he can take a picture with the arbiter. West agreed and so did National League catcher Yadier Molina.  The St. Louis Cardinals backstop turned photographer snapped the photo.

During Monday’s Home Run Derby, Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton was helpful to his teammate Justin Bour.  While Bour was locked in an epic first round battle with eventual champ Aaron Judge, Stanton helped him out during his time-out.  Sensing that Bour needed strength and energy, Giancarlo greeted him with a glazed donut!

The All-Star Game is all about having fun!

I dedicate this week’s blog to my son, Justin Karpel.  When Major League Baseball awarded the Marlins with the 2017 All-Star Game we discussed going to the Home Run Derby.  It was supposed to be a once in a lifetime father and son night at the ballpark.  As many of you know, Justin took his life this past February.

As I sat alone in my living room Monday night I couldn’t stop thinking about what could have been, and what should have been.  On a night that I was supposed to be in Miami with my son, I was home in my suburban Ft. Lauderdale living room watching alone. Rest in peace my son. It never gets easy.

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