Baseball is always a game of history and of stories. People are always sharing stories about past great players and great events. Stats and numbers are important and a part of the story, but in baseball more than any other sport it seems like the story of that player as a whole is a part of the game.
There are plenty of good story lines heading into this year's All-Star Game. The game is considered by most to be the best of all the major sports' all-star games, and there are several intriguing players who can have a real impact on the game.
The league that wins the game gets home field advantage in the World Series, and all five of these players listed have their teams in playoff contention. Look for them to shine in Kansas City.
Here are the top five intriguing All-Stars, their stories, and what we should be looking for in the mid-summer classic.