Which players, celebrities, legends (and more) were the winners of All-Star Week?
The Cubs prospect that impressed in a brief major-league stint this season did the same in the Futures Game. Schwarber drove in two runs on a triple, helping the U.S. to a 10-1 win over the World squad. The Cubs’ 'catcher of the future' will now be part of their 'present' getting the big-league call-up Thursday.
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While Snoop didn’t earn MVP honors, he certainly provided the most entertainment during the Legends and Celebrities Softball Game. Snoop was a key in two plays that needed replay review and his unique attempt at outfield 'defense' was hilarious.
Does Vlad still have something left in the tank? He definitely does for short-wall softball, hitting four home runs and winning the MVP of the Legends and Celebrities Softball Game.
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The hometown favorite dazzled at the Home Run Derby, producing the moment of the week with his 15 final-round home runs to win the event in front of a frenzied Reds contingent.
Less than a month removed from a performance at Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, VanHoose again had all eyes watching at a major sporting event. The 18-year-old, who is blind, excited the crowd with a powerful rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' before Monday night’s derby.
The game is in good hands, made clear by All-Star rosters composed more than a quarter of the way by players under the age of 25. Dynamic young stars such as Joc Pederson, Bryce Harper, and Kris Bryant made their All-Star debuts – and their marketability potential is off the charts.
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Speaking of the future, it’s impossible to leave out Mike Trout, who is very quickly paving his path to becoming the sport’s pre-eminent star. Last year’s AL MVP led off the All-Star Game with a home run, completing a 'lead-off cycle' in his four appearances. Later, he put himself in elite company with players who have won two All-Star MVP awards – and became the first player in baseball history to do it in consecutive years.
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The young Mets pitcher delivered one of the most masterful innings All-Star baseball has seen, needing only 10 pitches to mystify and strike out three American Leaguers.
deGrom’s sensational inning may only have been matched by the Reds closer, whose eye-popping speed was on full display in the ninth inning of the All-Star Game. Chapman also struck out the side, with clinching pitches of 101, 102 and 103 mph. Simply breathtaking.
The Blue Jackets anthem singer is having an All-Star year – quite literally. Welsh performed rousing renditions of the Canadian national anthem at both the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus and the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Beards have become the fad in many pro sports in the last decade (and always in the Stanley Cup playoffs). But for one week it was the mustache that took center stage once again. The throwback facial hair was a key component of the Reds’ All-Star celebration – and it was difficult to walk around Cincinnati without stumbling upon one of the statue versions placed around downtown.
City of Cincinnati
Under the spotlight, Cincinnati proved a fantastic All-Star host with Commissioner Rob Manfred and All-Star players praising the city and its fans. Iffy weather forecasts proved no problem, as storms held off during the major on-field events. Outside of those, FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the 5K Color Run and numerous community events put on by the Reds were all successes. Cheers to the Queen City.