It is really hard to wrap your brain around just how long it has been since the National League won the All-Star game. Think back to what you were doing in 1996? Bill Clinton was president, Seinfeld was television, Michael Jordan was still in the NBA and Kornblut still had hair.
Yep, it has been a while.
The streak finally ended last night and, fittingly enough, it was a Brave that delivered the big hit. Brian McCann stepped to the plate in the 7th inning looking for his first ever hit in an All-Star game.
He got it.
Joe Buck’s call of McCann’s hit on Fox
McCann’s bases clearing double was the first ever in an All-Star game. That is actually pretty hard to believe given the long history of the Mid-Summer Classic. The three run double was enough to earn McCann MVP honors.
Brian McCann postgame press conference
McCann made the point that this win means a lot to him not only because of the streak, but because the Braves currently have the best record in the National League. As most of you know, the winning league at the All-Star game gets home field advantage in the World Series. McCann knows his big hit last night could potentially have some residual effects come October.