With the MLB All-Star Game approaching fast, we as baseball fans wait in anticipation to see who gets announced as starters for each side later today.
The game will take place on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
But since we’re getting close to the big game, it’s time for us to look back on a special All-Star Game that was hosted by the Cleveland Guardians, then the Indians, way back when.
In 1997 on this date, the Guardians hosted the All-Star Game and Cleveland’s own Sandy Alomar Jr. was the hero, hitting a two-run homer and earning MVP honors.
He also shared a nice moment with his son on the field after the game was over.
A Cleveland sports fan page tweeted about this moment on its 25th anniversary.
July 8, 1997: Sandy & Son⚾️
Quite simply, it just doesn't get much better than this. 2⃣5⃣ yrs ago OTD, Cleveland hosts MLB All-Star game #ForTheLand own Sandy Alomar, Jr. is hero. 2-run HR + MVP, shares moment w/ both city & his son Marcus on field for🏆#SummerOfSandy #FatherSon pic.twitter.com/3xeSjMkHvV
— On This Day: Cleveland Sports (@CityfanC) July 8, 2022
Alomar Plays Hero
It’s always nice when your city gets to host the All-Star Game.
The pageantry involved with such a festive moment can never be forgotten.
But it gets even better when your hometown superstar ends up being the hero in the game.
Alomar was no doubt a fan favorite in Cleveland and worthy of recognition.
He spent 11 years in Cleveland and was a part of the two World Series teams from the 90s.
But he got a chance to not only give the fans in Cleveland a thrill, but fans all across the globe as well as he was the hero of the 1997 All-Star Game.
Then he shared a nice moment on the field with his son when he accepted the MVP award.
The fact that he got to do it in his home ballpark made it even more special.
We’ll see if this year’s All-Star Game includes another moment like this one.