WASHINGTON D.C. – Long after the stirring tributes to Medal of Honor winners and the introduction of Major League Baseball All-Stars it was back-to-back home runs by a pair of Houston Astros that gave the American League its sixth straight win over the National League, 8-6.
The home run belted in the 10th inning that gave the AL the lead it needed to prevail was hit by Alex Bregman, whose grandfather was a lawyer for the Washington Senators baseball team in the 1960s and 70s.
More than 30,000 fans showed up for the final act of the All-Star bonanza Tuesday night. The event did did just what it was intended to do— it brought fans to the District from across the nation and made Washington D.C. the capital of baseball for a few days.
We ran into fans from Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto. We shared interviews with media from as far away as South Korea.
Fans raved about the All-Star Fan Fest, got a kick over light moments during the game like selfies taken on the diamond and reveled in a baseball fan’s utopia.
Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer took the ball for two innings struck out four batters and gave up one home run to the Yankees Aaron Judge. It was not the only ball to fly out of the yard. The game saw 10 players homer to set an All-Star Game record.
Superstar outfielder Bryce Harper took the Home Run Derby crown on Monday but couldn’t connect for another one in his two at bats Tuesday.
Even though the game won’t be remembered for the work of Nationals players it will live long in the memory of those who waited decades to see baseball return to Washington D.C. and then another 13 years to see the city host its first All-Star game as the Nationals franchise.