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Last night, Major League Baseball showcased the best talent the game has to offer from both the American League, and the National League. The American League won for the second straight year 5-3 over the senior circuit and gets home field advantage in the 2014 World Series.
This game was an instant classic and certainly made up for a lack luster Home Run Derby that took place on Monday night. Derek Jeter played in his final all star game and was honored in a nice way, not to mention he got two hits and scored a run. Mike Trout the face of baseball for the future doubled, tripled, and drove in two and won the All Star game MVP. Miguel Cabrera quite possibly the best player hit a two run homer. It was a great event.
The Diamondbacks representatives got a chance to see some action at Target Field as well. Of course Dbacks first basemen Paul Goldschmidt started the game at first base for the N.L because he was voted in by the fans. He went 0-3 at the plate , but he did show off his defensive skills at first base. His big moment came when he made a nice diving stop to right on a groundball to rob the A’s Josh Donaldson of a base hit. After making the diving stop he flipped the ball to Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek who nearly stumbled while making the tag.
Goldschmidt talked to MLB.com about the play: “It was just a quick reaction,” Goldschmidt said. “You just see the ball coming at you, and you try to go get it and make the play. Fortunately, it was within my reach.” He showed why he is one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball.
Goldy also got a chance to interact with Derek Jeter after he singled to leadoff the third inning but Goldschmidt didn’t say much talking to MLB.com: “No, not really,” Goldschmidt said. “I said, ‘Good luck the rest of the year.’ Did I shake his hand? I don’t remember. He said, ‘Good luck. Keep it going.’ Something along those lines. It was quick. We’re out there playing. He’s working on running and I wanted to make sure I was playing defense.”
Miguel Montero also made an appearance in the top of the ninth inning at the plate leading off with the National League down 5-3 trying to start a rally. He flied out to center off Twins closer Glenn Perkins. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 8th.
Both Montero and Goldschmidt were excited to be apart of Jeter’s last All Star Game. This was a great game and Montero and Goldschmidt represented the Dbacks well.