American League Defeats National League In 2021 MLB All-Star Game

by Seth Udinski
American League Defeats National League In 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Seth Udinski, FISM News


The 2021 All-Star festivities in Colorado have come to a close following Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.  The 2021 Midsummer Classic featured the best and brightest of the American and National Leagues, and it had the feeling of an international party with several worldwide nations represented by high-profile superstars.  The American League bested the National League 5-2.

The game began with a classy tribute to beloved Hall-of-Famer Henry Aaron, who died in January of 2021.  The game was highlighted by several international stars, including L.A. Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who started on the mound for American League and batted leadoff.  Vladimir Gurerro Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays wowed the crowd with 468-foot homerun in the 3rd inning, fifteen years after his father had hit one of similar magnitude in the 2006 All-Star Game.

But the players from the United States also came to play.  Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto blasted a solo homerun to put the NL on the board in the 5th.  In the 8th, L.A. Angels first baseman Jared Walsh made a miraculous sliding catch in left field, a position he ordinarily does not play.  Walsh made the catch with the bases loaded to preserve the A. L.’s lead and prevent the N.L. from making a late-game comeback.

On an otherwise delightful night, many were frustrated with the uniform choices.  Major League Baseball elected to move away from having the players wear their team’s uniforms and instead wear some rather bland home and away jerseys.  The tradition of players wearing their team’s jersey for the All-Star game is longstanding and beloved by many in the major leagues, so when the MLB announced the uniform change, many took to social media to voice their frustration.  One of those was Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson:

MLB should just let the players wear their own uniforms instead of these slow pitch softball ones.

Another was Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendricks:

I’m a big fan of each team wearing their own.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the uniformity, I don’t mind the little stars on the back, but for me, this year specifically, it would have been nice.