Shohei Ohtani is just the best. He couldn't exert himself too much in yesterday's Home Run Derby because he has to start in the 2021 MLB All-Star game for the American League. Oh wait, and he is batting leadoff and he will be facing the Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. There's just nothing this guy can't do. Even though he went out in the first round of the Derby in a thrilling swing-off battle against the 22-year-old Nationals sensation Juan Soto, Ohtani hit six 500-foot homers. That is the most in a Home Run Derby since MLB started tracking that in 2016.
When: Tuesday, July 13 Where: Coors Field - Denver, CO Time: 7:30 p.m. ET TV: FOX Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB free with fuboTV)
The crowd at Coors Field field felt like a playoff atmosphere when he stepped up to the plate. He is one of the tremendous faces of this sport bringing the game to a new generation of people all over the globe. What more could you ask of him? He is doing things Babe Ruth didn't even do. Of course the Great Bambino was a pitcher and tremendous power hitter but he really never did it at the same time. He only started hitting homers in great numbers when he was traded to the Yankees and became a full-time hitter. Someday we're going to get to tell our grandkids we got to see Ohtani play. Watching his first All-Star appearance is a must.
The last time that the All-Star game was at Coors Field there were 15 future Hall of Famers. That's not including Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire because of steroids. Baseball is getting close to getting back to that star power and this should be a high scoring game regardless of the starting pitching like it was in 1998. The American League won 13-8 in the pre-humidor days of Coors Field. The ball flies in Denver and there is no shortage of starpower in 2021. Good thing for the National League that the All-Star game doesn't determine home field advantage anymore for the World Series. The NL hasn't won since 2012 but maybe that all changes this year as they are favored to win this game. This is the first All-Star game in two years so it's just great to have it back at all this year.