CLEVELAND — The good folks of Cleveland can’t help themselves, always hoping for the best, but bracing themselves for the worst.
They have suffered 55 years with the Browns. The Indians have been to the World Series three times since 1995, even twice going to seven games, but empty-handed since 1948. Stars come and go, but never stay.
Well, leave it to this proud city to bring back memories of good old-fashioned baseball, celebrating the beauty and essence of the sport, in a truly wonderful All-Star experience.
The American League, with Indians starter Shane Bieber named the MVP, won the game 4-3, but it will be forever remembered as a pure wholesome game with no frills or gimmicks, filled with drama that reminded us why we fell in love with the game in the first place.
There were real, authentic, sustained rallies in the game. Yankees second baseman D.J. LeMahieu provided us the first All-Star bunt by a position player in a nine-inning game since Ozzie Guillen in 1991. We had a double steal by Paul DeJong and Pete Alonso of the National League in the eighth inning. We had two double plays and not a single error.