I don’t think the Houston Astros could have planned a better night for the team in a game that features the best stars in all of baseball. Alright, well maybe they could have planned a couple of innings for Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, but overall, the Astros were front and center tonight in front of a national audience.
Quite honestly, Houston’s impact on the game was more negative than positive before the 10th inning, as Jose Altuve recorded his first ever hit in the All Star Game but then Charlie Morton allowed two solo home runs to Trevor Story and Christian Yelich.
After that, however, the Astros all stars truly lived up to the hashtag that the Astros social media account created in an effort to promote the squad leading up to the big event. The #AllStrosGame takeover began when Alex Bregman launched a home run into the left field bullpen to give the American League a 6-5 lead. Before these last few days, Astros fans already knew that Bregman was a young star in this game. Now, the rest of the league should understand.
Then, immediately after Bregman’s home run, George Springer went back to back with a solo home run of his own. Not only was it nice to see two Astros accomplish something never done before in franchise history, what was also great to watch was Springer square up a pitch, take it to the opposite field, and drive it out of the ballpark. After the home run, it looked like a huge weight was lifted off Springer’s shoulders. Hopefully tonight will help launch Springer straight out of his slump.
After the game was over, Alex Bregman was named Most Valuable Player for the 2018 All Star Game. This now means that the Astros have won World Series MVP, American League MVP, and All Star MVP within the same calendar year. That is simply unfathomable.
Overall, it was quite the eventful All Star Game. While all the talk seemed to be centered around Manny Machado and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Houston Astros did their talking on the field tonight in our nation’s capital.