St. Louis Cardinals, Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez, take the Limelight at the 2017 All-Star Game.

By Beth Chapman
Jul. 12, 2017

The 2017 MLB T-Mobile All-Star Game no longer decides World Series home field advantage. An exhibition game that players enjoyed during their week off. However, no less competitive.

St. Louis Cardinals Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina return to the All-Star Game. Molina in his eighth; and, C Martinez making his second.

C Martinez was the only AS National League pitcher manager Joe Maddon kept on the hill for multi-innings. In relief, he took care of the third and fourth, holding the American League scoreless while fanning four.

YADIER MOLINA CLAIM TO FAME IN 2017 ALL-STAR GAME

No other player in attendance had been in the All-Star game as many times as Molina. He wore the #8 on his sleeve signifying his eighth All-Star appearance. Another pinnacle for him to add to his career eight Golden Glove awards, one Silver Slugger award; and, a five time MVP contender.

No other player for the National League had a RBI in last night's exhibition game. Molina slugs out a solo-shot in the sixth to tie the game. The only run scored for the NL in the extra inning loss to the American League 2-1 win in the tenth.

And, there was no smile displayed like the one by Molina as he rounded the bags.

It has taken forty years for a Cardinals to see a long ball in an All-Star game. Not since 1974 when former Cardinals Reggie Smith slugged one out facing Jim "Catfish" Hunter. And, Molina, 34, is the oldest catcher to do so.

He will turn 35 tomorrow, July 13; and, still is a force to contend with as backstop.

With only two players representing the St. Louis Cardinals, both Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina were extraordinary in their appearances.

TED WILLIAMS ALL-STAR GAME MVP AWARD GOES TO:

American League Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano was awarded the Ted Williams ASG MVP award. He slugged out a solo home run in the tenth for the AL win over the National League, 2-1.

PERSONAL NOTE:

It has been a long time since I enjoyed the All-Star game as much as I did last night. Just for the mere fact the exhibition game status has returned. The players, as competitive as they are, seemed to enjoy themselves far more. As always, each were honored to be named to the prestigious event at Miami's Marlins Park, being a part of the MLB best professionals of the sport. Also, adding the All-Star appearance to their resume's. For the veterans, it was reuniting with those they don't necessarily see; or, play against, during the regular season. But seemingly, not the same pressure as past seasons with the World Series factor.

Even though the "photo shoot" at home plate with Nelson Cruz and home plate umpire Joe West is deemed 'illegal', that was just one of the highlights of the night. However, had the game still been the determining WS factor for the winner, I don't believe the game would have been paused for a picture.

The players had fun. The fans, in attendance ~ joined in their enjoyment.