The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is finally upon us. A collection of baseball's best players will attempt to 'wow' fans as they battle for home-field advantage in the postseason.
I'm sure you want to watch all of Tuesday's festivities. Here's how:
When: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio Broadcast: ESPN Radio
*For a full schedule of events click here.
Now that you know when to watch, let's make a few predictions concerning Tuesday night's action.
Prince Fielder Will Hit a Home Run
Fielder put on quite the show en route to his 2012 Home Run Derby title. He finished the competition with 12 home runs in the final round.
Don't expect that to slow down quite yet. Fielder will punish, at least, one more ball over Kaufmann Stadium's fence before the All-Star game is over.
Fielder will be supplanted by Paul Konerko at some point in the night at first base, but he will have an at-bat or two to knock one out before his night is over.
Expect his prodigious power to be on full display against the National League pitching staff.
Youth Will Be Served
This game is filled with up-and-coming MLB stars. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout headline the group because they are the youngest, but the group doesn't end there.
Who will have a bigger game?
Andrew McCutchen, Stephen Strasburg, Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro highlight the National League's young group. Others, like Clayton Kershaw and Craig Kimbrel, are also young players. All of these guys are expected to make contributions on the field Tuesday night.
The American League side has Trout's teammate Mark Trumbo and Chris Sale. Their youth doesn't run as deep, but these three players are extremely talented.
Baseball's rising stars will be on display Tuesday evening in Kansas City. It's exciting to see the game in such great hands for the foreseeable future.
Expect, at least, one of these players to make a breathtaking play before the night is over.
Robinson Cano Will Win MVP
Cano was shutout in the Home Run Derby Monday night, but that won't be the case when the game rolls around.
He was booed by most fans in the Kansas City crowd during his Home Run Derby swings, and that probably won't change. Royals' faithful aren't going to let him forget that he didn't pick Billy Butler to participate on the American League side, but he will shut them up this time.
Cano's talent will shine through once game action rolls around. I'm sure he doesn't forget his reception Monday night, and he will keep that in mind with every swing he takes.
It's a pitchers game, but Cano will rip a few big hits before being replaced by Ian Kinsler. His efforts will earn him Most Valuable Player honors.