In his first All-Star game, Eric Hosmer showed why he deserved to be considered among the best at his position. He went 2-for-3 and collected two RBIs to help the American League secure home field advantage for the All-Star for the 11th time in 14 games in a 2-1 win.
However, winner of the MVP Award? You got it all wrong.
The damage was done in the bottom of the second inning. After Kris Bryant of the Cubs put the NL on top with a 410 foot homer to left off cross-town rival Chris Sale of the White Sox in the first, the American League–more specifically–Hos and Salvy went to work on former teammate Johnny Cueto in the second.
Hosmer golfed an opposite field homer to left to tie the game at 1-1. Boston’s Mookie Betts followed with a single and up came the World Series MVP, Salvy Perez.
Cueto left a 1-1 pitch up in the zone and Perez deposited it into the seats and just like that, the game was 3-1.
There is your MVP moment and player right there!
Yes, Hosmer delivered a second hit and an RBI with a sharp single to left off the glove of Bryant the following inning, but that turns out to be an insurance run the AL never needs.
Look, I may be splitting hairs and you may be telling me to chill and enjoy the Royals success and I am. As a fan of baseball, I looked at Salvy’s hit as a game changer.
It swung the momentum and it was the game winning hit. Salvy is credited with the game winning RBI.
That and a homer trumps two hits and an insurance run every time.