The 2014 Midsummer Classic just wrapped with the AL beating the NL 5-3. That's all well and good, but what about the Colorado Rockies? Barring a miracle second half, Rockies fans aren't necessarily concerned with World Series home field, so let's take a look at how Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon fared up in Minnesota at the 85th All-Star Game.
Troy was the leading vote-getter in the National League and started the game at shortstop and batting third. There wasn't much to report on from the field except a screaming lineout off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. At the dish was a different story, however. Felix Hernandez was straight dealing in his first All-Star Game start and stuck Tulo out rather easily in the first inning. In his next at bat, Troy had to deal with Yu Darvish's nasty stuff. After a solid battle, a simple flyout was the result. Another tough test awaited Troy in his third at bat in the form of reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Here is where Tulo was able to show how he amassed the highest batting average in the National League when he smacked a double the other way. And with that, Tulowitzki's night was done.
Charlie Blackmon's first foray into All-Star festivities wasn't spectacular. Chuck didn't have a play in right field defensively and struggled at the plate. He struckout against Kansas City closer Greg Holland and ended the game on a weak groundout to second against hometown hero Glen Perkins. On a high note for Blackmon, he not only had the best beard in the game, he also had the best beard. Things he can be proud of.
No matter what Blackmon or Tulowitzki would have done in the game, 2014's game will always be remembered as Derek Jeter's last. And he, of course, did not disappoint. He led off the game with a double to left and followed that with a single. It was a great moment when Jeter was pulled from the field. More respect was shown for the captain here than in the new Jordan commercial, and all of it was earned.
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