Wed Jul 13 12:04am EDT
The drop didn't hurt — it was ruled a single for Jose Bautista(notes) — but Fielder was sent to Chase Field for his bat, which he used to hit a three-run home run in a 5-1 victory for the National League. It was the NL's second straight Midsummer Classic win. The Senior Circuit had not won two straight All-Star games since 1995 and 1996.
The NL also procured home-field advantage, probably for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the upcoming World Series.
Fielder's blast came in the bottom of the fourth, against Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson(notes), and was in response to likely AL MVP Adrian Gonzalez(notes) (according to FOX's announcing team) hitting a solo homer in the top of the inning.
Fielder was awarded the game's MVP — a crystal bat that looks like the key to Superman's Fortress of Solitude lair — plus Chevy announced a donation, in Fielder's name, to go toward an inner-city youth baseball field in Milwaukee. Nicely done, Prince. Check out this bat:
So I guess this means the fans at Chase Field can stop booing Fielder, as they had been doing for most of the All-Star festivities, because he left hometown guy Justin Upton(notes) off the Home Run Derby squad.
All ancient history now.
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