MLB All-Star Game 2012: Chipper Jones, R.A. Dickey and 7 Must-Watch Moments
The 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City will certainly have some exciting, can't-miss moments. There are players whose outstanding careers are ending, while other players are just getting started.
While the All-Star Game is just an exhibition game, this should be a fun one with plenty of highlights that could be talked about for weeks.
Chipper Jones' Last At-Bat
A Hall of Fame career is slowly winding to an end for Chipper Jones as he will retire after the 2012 season. That makes this year's All-Star Game his eighth and final appearance.
Jones' last All-Star Game at-bat should be considered a must-watch moment. He will certainly look to pick up a home run in his final trip to the plate.
R.A Dickey's Pitching Performance
While R.A. Dickey probably should have been the National League's starting pitcher in the 2012 All-Star Game, the veteran will still be pitching in his first Midsummer Classic.
There may not be a player with a better story than Dickey in this year's All-Star Game. He was a former first-round pick, but when it was found that he did not have a UCL, it cost him nearly his entire signing bonus (h/t Scott Miller of CBS Sports).
For 14 years Dickey bounced around between different levels of the minors and the major leagues. He finally had everything click at age 35, when he joined the New York Mets. He had completely transformed his pitching style and became a knuckleballer, which has led to incredible success.
Bryce Harper's 1st At-Bat
The debate will certainly rage on about whether Bryce Harper deserved to play in the All-Star Game this season, but like it or not, he will be suiting up for the National League tonight. Harper is the youngest position player to ever appear in an All-Star Game (h/t Kevin Connelly of USA Today).
Bryce's first All-Star at-bat will be a sight to see, as it should be the first of many for the rookie phenom over the next 15-20 years. He is a once-in-a-generation type of talent and his first All-Star at-bat deserves a lot of attention.
Mike Trout's First At-Bat
Bryce Harper is not the only young star that has garnered a lot of attention this year. Mike Trout is another phenom that could be making an All-Star appearance a yearly tradition.
The Angels outfielder is a must-watch talent and has the ability to make a huge impact on a game by himself.
Tony LaRussa's Management
Even though he's retired, Tony LaRussa is managing the National League in the All-Star Game because he led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title last season.
Before the All-Star Game, LaRussa managed to anger Dusty Baker because he did not choose Johnny Cueto or Brandon Phillips to represent the Cincinnati Reds in the All-Star Game (h/t Bernie Augustine of the NY Daily News). LaRussa then snubbed R.A. Dickey by not inserting him at the NL starter, disappointing both Dickey and New York Mets manager Terry Collins (h/t Kevin Kernan of the NY Daily News).
It will be interesting to see if any of LaRussa's decisions make current managers unhappy.
Prince Fielder's At-Bats
Prince Fielder put on a good show at the Home Run Derby, and his ABs in the All-Star Game should be a sight to see.
It should be interesting to see if the two-time Home Run Derby champion can hit a long ball off of one of the elite National League pitchers in the All-Star Game.
Mark Trumbo's At-Bats
Mark Trumbo hit a ball up onto one of the roofs at Kauffman Stadium during the 2012 Home Run Derby. It was an incredibly impressive shot that showed off all of the slugger's power.
The long balls that Trumbo hit during the Derby will not only make him a popular player to keep track of during the All-Star Game this year, but also for the rest of the season as he tries to compete for the American League home run crown.
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