Recalling the five most memorable individual performances in the 80-plus year history of the MLB All-Star Game.
There are great All-Star Games—I wrote about those too—and then there are great individual performances. In at least two cases, the two happened to intersect and meet in the middle. Because they are one game, and often one baseball game can be stolen by individual, it’s not surprising in at least a few cases, they are the same game.
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If you read both articles, you immediately recognize which ones. I’ll try to give original thoughts on those two games, while maintaining their identity historically as All-Star Games dominated by one player.
Ultimately, is it any surprise an All-Star Game would end up dominated by one player? Yes and no. There are All-Stars—we could try to give a general definition of such as: a player who is either having a career year; or a player who has always been really good and is a star; or sometimes the two overlap.
But even within those definitions there is room for a player who transcends greatness. He is epic, or at least has the ability to stand high above other giants in the sport. These players are rare.
They are generally freaks of nature, in one way or another. They either freakish athleticism, or some other trait which makes them stand out among the world’s greatest baseball players.
And for at least one night in their careers, on one of the game’s biggest stages, they put together a performance which will not soon be forgotten.
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