The National League was hoping to take the lead in the All-Star series against the American League but came short as the American League defeated them 3-2 in the 92nd MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. The American League has been dominating the game with a 46-43-2 record.
The event started with a pre-game ceremony that featured a rendition of the National Anthem by Ben Platt of the popular Dear Evan Hansen television show. In addition, actor Denzel Washington, nominated for an Academy Award, paid tribute to Jackie Robinson by giving a speech. The game's first pitch was thrown by Fernando Valenzuela, a former professional baseball player who made his debut in 1980.
Despite the lavish event held throughout the week, the All-Star Game went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022. This year, the game was held at the Dodgers' home stadium for the first time since 1980.
Although Clayton Kershaw was a nine-time All-Star, he said he never imagined starting the game. He received a standing ovation when he walked off the field. It was the first time in his career that he started a game.
After the game, attended by thousands of fans, Kershaw said it was a fantastic experience. He said he would remember the event for a long time. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also said he was grateful to be allowed to participate in the event.
"It was special," said Kershaw. "I'll remember this 10 years from now. I just had a blast. I don't know if I have the right words for it right now. It was such a unique experience for me. I think I will look back on it and be really thankful I got that opportunity."
Teammate Freddie Freeman said the All-Star Game was a special event he and his fellow baseball fans were looking forward to. He said it was an amazing opportunity for Kershaw to pitch in front of his home crowd.
Many Los Angeles fans hoped the game would feature a matchup between two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the LA Angels and Kershaw of the Dodgers.
Although he did not pitch in the game, Ohtani led off by hitting the first pitch he saw from Kershaw. Ohtani lined a 91-mph pitch into centerfield for the leadoff single. After that, he was picked off by Kershaw.
After the game, Kershaw said that he did not intentionally pick off Ohtani. He said he was just trying to throw to first base for reassurance.
"I didn't want him on first base at all," Kershaw said. "Honestly, I didn't know what pitch I wanted to throw yet. Sometimes I throw over there to first base to give myself a second to be convicted with the next pitch I want to throw. I wasn't trying to pick him off. I was trying to delay the game for a bit, but thankfully it worked out."
The National League lost all hopes when two home runs by Byron Buxton and Giancarlo Stanton gave the American League a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. That lead was enough to help the AL win the game. The victory gave the team its ninth straight win and improved its record to 21-5-1.
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