MLB All Star-Game 2010
When the All-Star Game took place yesterday, the two teams were filled with great baseball players who had dreamed of making it to that point their entire lives. With practice and hard work, they had finally achieved their major league dreams — some several times!
The game took place Tuesday night at the Angels stadium in Anaheim, California. Every year the fans vote for the best of the best and decide which players will get the chance to play in the legendary game between the National and the American Leagues.
MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who participated in 18 All Star games during his career, threw the first pitch of the game.
“It’s such a great feeling when millions of fans vote for you and enable you to be an All-Star,” Carew told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps in an interview last week.
For the last 13 years the American League has been very successful in winning the All-Star Game. When they scored the first point in the fifth inning, it looked as if they might be winning another one. After all, the National League has not won the All-Star Game since 1996.
It turns out that this year was going to be different. During the seventh inning, Brian McCann hit a three-run double. The game ended with the National League winning 3 to 1, thanks to McCann.
“You dream about moments like this as a kid,” McCann said after receiving his Most Valuable Player of the Game trophy. “Tonight was just amazing. I hope that young boys and young girls who are interested in playing the game know that it’s all about the passion. If you want to learn how to play the game, you should go out and do it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”
Photo: National League catcher Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves poses with the MVP trophy after the Nation League team beat the American League 3-1 in the All-Star baseball game Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. (Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP Images)
Check out Kid Reporter Mariam El Hasan's report from the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps site!