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2013 MLB All-Star Week

July 18, 2013

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The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star weekend is in the record books and it will go down as a memorable moment for New York Yankee Pitcher Mariano Rivera who took the spotlight during the All-Star game. Mariano pitched the final two innings for the American League to help shutout the National League 3-0, and the whole stadium, 45,000 fans, gave him a standing ovation when he won the MVP.

Rivera Rally

The American League pitchers only allowed 3 hits in the whole game so if you like great pitching, this game was for you. Since Mariano is one of the greatest pitchers ever and he has planned to retire from Baseball this year, the crowd really got into a emotional rally to help him perfectly finish the game. 

Hurricane Fun Run

Fun Run in BrooklynFun Run in Brooklyn
 

On Saturday, thousands of runners had a little fun 5 K run to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy relief charity. Major League Baseball led the way by donating 1 million dollars to the cause. The runners ran through the streets of Brooklyn and managed to raise millions for the victims of the hurricane. This kind of charity is the best way to celebrate a Baseball game and shows how sports can bring people together to help important issues.

Home Run Derby

Yoenis Cesoedes Home Run ChampYoenis Cesoedes Home Run Champ
 

Yoenis Cesoedes crushed 30 Home Runs in all three rounds to fhe 2013 Home Run Derby to become the new King of the Long Ball. Yoenis plays Outfield for the Oakland Athletics and he doesn't hit too many home runs during the season, but he got the hang of hitting homers in the derby as he was hitting several over 400 ft and some of them into the upper deck.

Futures Game Focus

Matt Davidson Prospect MVPMatt Davidson Prospect MVP
 

The Futures Game is another big event at the MLB All-Star week where Baseball's greatest prospects of the USA play against the prospects of other countries of the World. Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks was named the MVP hitting the game-winning homerun for the Americans.

Halftime Hiccups 

Neil Diamond DisasterNeil Diamond DisasterCourtesy of MLB
 

Compared to other sports, baseball doesn't really get a chance to bring in a good "Halftime Show" during the World Series, so the All-Star week is really the only chance for any entertainment. However, bringing in Neil Diamond to sing "Sweet Caroline" didn't really make anyone that excited about being at the All-Star Game in New York. Maybe they shouldn't have picked a song that New York's rival-city Boston plays at every Red Sox game. You be the judge...

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