If you turned off the tube after Jean Segura hit a three run blast to put the American League up 5-2 in the ninth inning of MLB 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park, then you missed what Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant would describe as The Real MVP which would be Houston Astros young gun Alex Bregman.
Keeping with the theme of this MLB season, it was all about the boom, as Alex Bregman’s 10th inning homer was one of a record-breaking 10 in the game, and it put the AL ahead for good. Astros teammate George Springer followed with a homer of his own to seal an 8-6 win for The American League.
ALEX BREGMAN FOR THE LEAD! https://t.co/UGvlouSZYJ
Springer came through in a big moment for the Astros as he did last season winning World Series MVP, but not before the third baseman introduced himself to America. Bregman, in his third season, seized the moment and came through in the clutch.
Big-game Bregman. @ABREG_1 is your @chevrolet #AllStarGame MVP.
“I took a cutter down the middle first pitch, then kind of went into battle mode and was just trying to put a line drive in play and it left the yard. It was crazy. A lot of fun,” Bregman told reporters. “Normally when we go back-to-back, I have to hit it after Springer does because he leads off, so it was pretty cool to see them go back-to-back.”
Aaron Judge started with a pow and the Astros combination of Bregman and Springer ended with a bang.
ALL RISE!!! Aaron Judge gets the AL off to a good start in the All-Star game with a solo homer off Max Scherzer https://t.co/Qd3BffWArb
Not to be overlooked, was another standout performance by LA Angeles baseball god Mike Trout who already has back-to-back Ted Williams MVP trophies (2014 and 2015) in his All-Star history book.
Trout is the only player to collect a hit in his first six All-star appearances. Trout, also a two-time regular season MVP, hit his second home run in 15 All-Star Game at-bats and his fifth extra-base hit putting him in select company with Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline, the only other players to homer twice in these showcases before age 27.
Mike Trout making his case for a 3rd All-Star Game MVP with a solo HR (via @FOXSports) https://t.co/EWx1i3jb6h
But on Wednesday night, Bregman owned the All-Star game stage.