The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the 86th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). The game was played on July 14, 2015, at Great American Ballpark, the home of the National League Cincinnati Reds.
First time ever back-to-back All-Star Most Valuable Player Mike Trout started the Midsummer Classic with a bang, the first leadoff home run in an All-Star contest since Bo Jackson back in 1989. After the game Trout said the MVP Award, "(It) means a lot. Obviously, came out with a 'W.' That's the biggest thing. When I go out there, I play my hardest every day. Doesn't matter what the score is. When I'm in there, I'm playing nine innings hard. It's just an incredible honor to be a part of the All-Star Game and win the MVP twice. It's something special for sure."
The National League bounced back and kept it interesting with small ball in the second, but the junior circuit plated two in the top of the fifth inning against Clayton Kershaw, ending the tie.
Andrew McCutchen tried to keep the NL in the game, hitting a solo-homer to lead off the sixth, but the AL simply added two back in the seventh courtesy of a Manny Machado RBI double off the wall in right-center field and a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly off Francisco Rodriguez.
Brian Dozier wasn't content with the 5-3 lead, so he gave his league an insurance run in the top of the eighth-inning, a homer sent to him from the right hand of Mark Melancon.
After it was in the Almanac (all-time Series results: NL 43 Wins, AL 41 Wins, 2 Ties), American League skipper Ned Yost said, "It was a lot of fun. We've been really working on our game plan for the last week. We tried to punch holes in it every which way we could, and we worked it to perfection. We wanted to put power at the top of the lineup and hopefully get a quick strike. Mike Trout took care of that for us."
"The history of Major League Baseball cannot be told without the story of Cincinnati and all of those who have been part of this great Reds tradition. From the sport's beginning in 1869, to the Big Red Machine, to Barry Larkin , Ken Griffey Jr. and to the Reds of today, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce and Joey Votto , I believe that the 2015 All-Star Game will be a really profound way to celebrate Major League Baseball and our sport's eldest franchise." - Bud Selig on MLB.com (Mark Sheldon, 01/23/2013, 'Wish granted: Reds to host 2015 All-Star Game', Source )
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Did you know that the designated hitter became a permanent position during the 2010 Midsummer Classic and all future All-Star Games - regardless of the site where its played? Did you know a record 620 million votes were cast for All-Stars during the 2015 Midsummer Classsic, surpassing the record of 391 million votes cast for those selected to play in the 2012 All-Star Game .
Cincinnati was the scene of a historic All-Star moment on July 14, 1970 . That was the game in which Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose barreled over Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run for a 5-4 National League win in 12 innings. Pete Rose "became" Charlie Hustle and the career of Ray Fosse was never the same as he had separated his shoulder on the play.