By | July 20, 2022

Giancarlo Stanton made it home at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles native and Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hopes that his team will return to Chavez Ravine this October.

Giancarlo Stanton played high school baseball 12 miles from Dodger Stadium. In his return home on Tuesday, he won the All-Star Game’s most valuable player award.Credit…Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

By Tyler Kepner

LOS ANGELES — Although the All-Star break was later than usual this year, it was still deep enough in the schedule that October is not far away. The majors’ top team was able to see where it might go after Tuesday’s 3-1 victory by the American League.The Yankees hold the best record in the majors at 64-28. The Dodgers are next with a 60-30 record. This could be the year for another relic from the 1980s, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series.

“Does it ever cross my mind?” “Yes,” replied Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees, whose four-run, 457-foot homer against Tony Gonsolin won him the game’s most valuable player award.

“For sure, it’s been that way on paper for a few decades, so both sides need take care of business and get things done. It doesn’t matter if that’s the case. If that’s the case, you won’t be coming here to just enjoy playing. We are going to try and win.”

Stanton did both, winning at a ballpark 12 miles from Notre Dame High School Sherman Oaks. In the fourth inning, his home run deep into left-center field bleachers tied the score. Byron Buxton of Minnesota Twins then followed with a go ahead shot into the left-field corner.


Stanton demolished an 0-2 splitter from Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers, sending it 457 feet into the bleachers.Credit…Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With 10 A.L., nobody scored. The N.L. pitchers were held in check. After the first inning, there was only one hit by the pitchers. Emmanuel Clase, closer for the Cleveland Guardians had three strikeouts on ten pitches to end the power parade. All the cutters traveled between 97 and 100 miles an hour.

Dusty Baker, Houston’s A.L. manager, said that “I don’t think that’s been seen before.” manager. “We came out there with some gas in our bullpen, and they were coming back with some gas. It was obvious that the game would come down to home runs. These guys are big showmen.

Stanton, 32 years old, felt a deep connection to the show. As a child, Stanton would attend 15 Dodgers games each year. He was captivated by the stars such as Hideo Nomo, Mike Piazza, and Raul Mondesi. Stanton felt a pull towards Chavez Ravine when the league’s best sluggers — Sammy Sosa, Sammy Bonds, Mark McGwire — came to town.

He said that even if there were two at-bats, he would drive down to the street, get a ticket, and then come back to see what they can do.

Stanton would make sure he arrived in time to practice batting. His father Mike would also be there, and they would set up camp at the bleachers in left field for maximum coverage. Stanton’s All-Star teammates could see how important it was to him to start in leftfield on Tuesday.

Buxton started in the center. It’s one those things that you can’t be happier about, being able do what he did.

Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who was in right field, claimed Stanton told him during their flight from New York to Los Angeles that he would play deep on Tuesday. Stanton won the friendly duel in batting training here between the two Home Run Derby champions.

Judge stated, “Pretty much fun.” Judge said that Judge pointed in the dugout, and was a bit laughing.


In the 15th season of his brilliant career, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers finally started an All-Star Game.Credit…Orlando Ramirez/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Judge was hit twice by Joe Musgrove and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on Tuesday. After three Cy Young Awards and an M.V.P., Kershaw, 34, was finally able to start the All-Star Game. Kershaw has won 192 career games. He laughed about his “old-man back”, and took a moment to view his home park from the mound before the first pitch, something he claimed he never did.

Kershaw said that he was more moved than he had expected. He is enjoying another stellar season, even though he missed a whole month due to injury and was a little hesitant about starting.

Kershaw stated that Sandy Alcantara, the Miami Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara, had a great first half and he deserved it. Alcantara struck out Stanton in the second inning. “I’m glad that he was able to pitch, and I’m glad that he did a fantastic job. He’s undoubtedly the best pitcher in the game right now, as we all know.”

Kershaw, along with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, has been one of the most successful players his generation. He won his first championship rings two years ago. Although he might have had one sooner the Dodgers lost 2017 World Series to the Astros. They were later discovered to have illegally stolen signs from their opponents.

The Astros All-Stars have not been forgotten by their fans. Jose Altuve, second baseman, declined an invitation. George Springer, Toronto’s former outfielder, also declined. Both cited minor injuries as the reason they were unable to attend. Even Orbit, the green prankster who scampers about the Astros’ baseball park, was unable to attend. Every other team that has a mascot sent a character to the All-Star Game.

Baker was still booed by the fans, even though he didn’t manage the Astros in 2017 and was actually a two-time All Star for the Dodgers. His first All-Star appearance for Los Angeles was in 1981 when the Dodgers defeated the Yankees in six games of the World Series. This 11th matchup between them.


The Houston Astros, managed and owned by Dusty Baker, are the best team to ruin what would have been the 12th World Series between Dodgers and Yankees.

From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Yankees and Dodgers met in World Series. Sharing the stage in October added an extra level of grandeur to the event. The old rivals have been reunited at the end of the season, reaching the playoffs 11 times in the same season.

Fox would love to broadcast a Dodgers-Yankees World Series, even if they don’t use live microphones. On Tuesday, the Yankees Nestor Cortes added life and humor to the broadcast by speaking directly to the booth while he was working.

(The Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah also took John Smoltz’s advice and tried a back-foot sinker to beat Jeff McNeil. It landed on McNeil’s shoe. Manoah stated, “That was a front foot slider.” “My bad.”)

The league has no reason not to be concerned about the potential ratings boost for a network. The randomness of the postseason has led to many great teams being destroyed. Before the Yankees can consider a return trip, they might have to overcome a more familiar opponent.

With a record of 59-32, the Astros have the third-best baseball record. They have eliminated the Yankees three times from the playoffs since 2015. They beat the Yankees in three out of five games this season and will face them again after the All Star break.

Stanton will then homer against Baker’s team and not for them.

Baker stated, “The way that he looks, the way that he’s built it, he should stay around for an awfully long time.” “I regret that we have him in a doubleheader Thursday.”

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