When the 2013 MLB All-Star Game began, all eyes were on New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, who started for the National League on his home field. The 24-year-old ace enjoyed his moment in the spotlight and delighted the Mets fans in attendance with three strikeouts in two shutout innings. If you haven’t heard of him by now, check out his skit on Jimmy Fallon in the Rant Sports Clubhouse section. Dude can pitch and he’s got jokes.
As the contest wore on, one annoying fan apparently got bored because he asked for 1,000 retweets on Twitter as a dare to run on the field. After he got the social media love, he took off from the left field bleachers and was then absolutely laid out with a perfect form tackle by a Citi Field security guard at second base. Dick Butkus would have been proud. Oh, and the moronic kid who made headlines was wearing a New York Yankees shirt….typical.
But it was one of the most legendary Yankees who stole the show as Mariano Rivera was called in during the 8th inning. I know, it just doesn’t seem right, but Mo says it was handled perfectly as he retired three straight batters after a 90-second standing ovation from the fans and both dugouts. Naturally, Rivera was named the MVP, the first pitcher since 1999 and only the second reliever to win the award in MLB history.
All’s well that ends well and Rivera has redefined that phrase in his Hall of Fame career. The American League won 3-0 and it’s safe to say Rivera was the icing on the cake for this year’s unforgettable MLB All-Star Game.