Cleveland folks have nothing else to do but hope for the best and also prepare for the worst. In the last 55 years, they have suffered together with the Browns, Indians are lucky, they have been in three World Series since 1995. Stars comes and go, but never to stay.
Let’s look back at the memories of old fashioned baseball to appreciate the essence of the sport in a fantastic All-Star experience.
American League with Indians starter Shane Bieber reminded us why we first fall in love with the game. It will be remembered as a game with no frail- a pure game.
In the game, Yankees second baseman D.J. LeMahieu provided All-Star bunt by a position player in a nine-inning game since Ozzie in 1991. Paul DeJong had a double steal. There were two double plays and not a single error.
While the purity of the game will fade over time, the abundance of the emotional moments will forever remain.
In the All-Stars, Mike Trout and Tommy LaStella wore No.45 in honor of their late teammate Tyler Skaggs. They also had a moment of silence before the game.
In the fifth inning, there was the Stand Up to cancer tribute. Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco came in and stood up in the third base. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He stood knitted by All-Star teammates and manager Terry Francona holding a sign.
CC Sabathia was there, and he has spent ten years of his career as an All-Star ambassador in Cleveland. He threw the ceremonial pitch to former Indians All-Star catcher Sandy Alomar, visited the mound with two outs in the ninth which made the fans cheer him.
There was the opening tribute to late Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in baseball history in 1975 with the Cleveland.
Beiber was added just four days to All-Star games. He became the third player in All-Star history to win MVP in his ballpark.
It was a great weekend at the city of Cleveland celebrating its rich baseball heritage and paying homage to All-Star. It was an ideal All-Star weekend from homerun Derby to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party to the game.
Besides, on a night like this, when the game was played to its purest level, who needs a reminder that the regular season and all of those home runs will soon be resuming to a ballpark near you?