all star game
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?
Ian Desmond will need a push from Nationals fans if he wants to join teammates Jordan Zimmermann and Bryce Harper in New York for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Bryce Harper drove in three runs after talking his way into Washington’s lineup, Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the go-ahead run and the Nationals rallied for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Jordan Zimmermann has pitched 3 complete games this season, and has gone deeper than 7 innings in 11 of 15 starts, putting him on pace to represent the Nats in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. And the class act that he is, he unequivocally gives 100% of the credit to his teammates.
Davey Johnson has been selected as a coach for next month’s All-Star game at Citi Field, along with Mets manager Terry Collins.
The focus in the All-Star game may have been squarely on Bryce Harper, and then Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, but it was the National who didn’t play who is getting under-shadowed. Ian Desmond’s bat is league-leading at the Shortstop position, and in his 8th year in the organization, he’s finally breaking through to reach his full potential.
The Nationals are sitting on D.C.’s first winning season in baseball in 43 years, with the most All-Stars representing the team since it’s inception 7 years ago, so it’s only fitting that, with an opening in 2015, Commissioner Selig brings the mid-summer classic back to the nation’s capital.
The Washington Nationals defeated the Rockies 4-1 Saturday, in a game that had plenty of fun highlights and mid-season accomplishments, but behind the scenes while 9 innings were being played, Bryce Harper is being told he’s an All-Star and Ian Desmond is admitting to himself that he’s not.
The finals two All-Star roster spots are up for grabs, and Major League Baseball has left it up for the fans to decide who gets the final nod. Washington, D.C. could potentially have 4 representatives this year in Kansas City if you vote Bryce Harper in online.
Bringing the game back to D.C. is overdue and would reward the loyal fans.