There’s nothing as streaky as dominance in the All-Star Game.
After basically trading wins for the first 28 years, the National League won 25 All-Star Games out of 30 between 1960 and 1985. There were two All-Star Games for a few years in that period.
Then, just as quickly, the American League won 27 of the next 35 All-Star Games.
After last night’s 5-2 victory, the A.L. has won eight in a row.
Last night, the Ranger All-Stars did well. Kyle Gibson pitched one shutout inning, giving up one hit. Adolis Garcia doubled in two at-bats. Joey Gallo walked his only time at the plate. But it was a display of the incredible eye at the plate he’s developed.
Unlike those few silly years where the winner of the All-Star Game determined home field advantage in the World Series, there was nothing at stake here but pride.
In the end it was what it was supposed to be. The best playing the best.
It was fun.
And that’s what baseball is supposed to be.