Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, and Greg Holland were the first Kansas City Royals threesome since George Brett, Mark Gubicza, and Kurt Stillwellin 1988 to make the All-Star team. All three Royals saw action in the American League’s 3-0 shutout of the National League, and all acquitted themselves well.
Salvador Perez hit a single in his only plate appearance last night and scored third American League run in the 8th inning. Perez is the first Kansas City Royal to get a hit in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson got 2 hits, including a home run, when he won the MVP in 1989.
Alex Gordon made a few solid plays in left field and just missed a home run in his only at bat. He blasted one to deep center that just came about 5 feet short of going over the fence. Greg Holland got into the game in the 7th, got this first batter to ground out, then allowed a line drive to David Wright, only the second of 3 NL base hits on the night. Holland was replaced and Wright was stranded, so no damage done.
As exciting as it was to see three Royals in the game, and to watch Perez get a base hit a and and score a run, the highlight of the game was Mariano Rivera‘s entrance into the game in the bottom of the eight. Rivera took the field by himself, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blaring, with the crowd, his teammates, and the National Leaguers all giving him a long standing ovation as homage to the greatest closer of all time.
How incredible this moment must of been for Rivera, a rare Yankee for whom I cheer, but also, how special must that moment have been for our own Salvador Perez? Perez got to share those final All-Star moments with Rivera as his catcher. It was emotional to watch it on television; Perez lived it, and he will carry that memory his whole life.
Rivera was named the game’s MVP.
The Royals have played themselves out of contention but it was great seeing multiple Royals representatives in the Mid-Summer Classic. Hopefully, the Royals’ front office can make correct personnel decisions over the next 8 months or so and field a team in 2014 that can compete for the full season.