Shohei Ohtani is more than a superstar for the Los Angeles Angels.
He’s a once in a lifetime player.
And the Angels star will be on full display not only in the Home Run Derby, but also the All-Star Game. As announced on Monday afternoon, Ohtani will lead-off in the American League lineup and start on the mound.
As discussed on The Ride with JMV Monday afternoon, it’s been quite a long time since the sports world has watched the All-Star Game just for a particular player.
Mike Trout is elite, Clayton Kershaw’s curveball is the best in the game, and Pete Alonso hits tanks, but you don’t tune in just for them.
Ohtani is a different case. Imagine him hitting a bomb and then striking out the side to start the game. It’s possible.
Jake Query and JMV dove into old players who you tuned into the ASG for just to watch them.
Back in 1983, Fred Lynn made history by hitting the first grand slam ever smacked in an All-Star Game.
From the early 2000s, seeing Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa hit back-to-back for the National League was something special.
In terms of moments that stick out for me, Torii Hunter robbing Bonds of a 1st inning home run was something that will never be forgotten. Back when my friends and I got together every summer at somebody’s house with our bikes parked in the driveway, we went nuts when this happened.
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