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By: Bennett Smed | KFAN.com
Home Run Derby- In true Minnesota fashion, Monday night’s Gillette Home Run Derby was delayed almost an hour by on again off again rain showers, proving that even Minnesota nice can’t stop Mother Nature. Once the rain subsided and the home runs started flying, fans were treated to a great night watching the best hitters in the game. Home town hero Justin Morneau was greeted to a thunderous applause by the fans of the team he led for so many years, and though he did not advance out of the first round, Morneau was emotionally moved by the reception the Target Field crowd gave him. Morneau told the Denver Post beforehand, "This was always a special place for me, so I was excited to come back. I wanted to make the all-star team, but hitting in the derby will be fun. I'm excited."
Yoenis Cespedes took home his second straight Home Run Derby as he blasted his way through the new format to claim the title. The Athletics’ slugger is proving he is one of the best all-around players in the game, also having made YouTube worthy plays from left field, throwing players out all over the diamond.
2014 MLB All Star Game- In the main event on Tuesday night, it was more about New York than it was about Minnesota, well one player from New York. Derek Jeter made his final appearance in an All-Star game, tipping his cap to the Target Field crowd both as he led off the game for the AL (to a standing ovation) and in the fourth inning when he was taken out of the game. Jeter received another standing ovation from both the crowd and the other players as he headed for the dugout, and then was cheered on to a final curtain call, a fitting ending to “The Captain’s” All-Star Game Career. Oh, and Jeter also went 2-2 with a double in his only two plate appearances.
Now to the actual game, the American League took home its second straight win in the mid-summer classic, claiming home field advantage in the World Series. The MVP of the game did not go to Derek Jeter despite his stellar performance. Instead the award went to 22 year old Mike Trout, who had a double, a triple, and 2 RBI. Miguel Cabrera also bombed a two run home run over the Target Field fence, and Twins closer Glenn Perkins notched the save in his home stadium.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game was filled with nostalgia (which baseball does better than any other sport) for Jeter, and got to show off Target Field on a beautiful night. All in all, I’d say it was a big success.