In the annual Major League Baseball Celebrity Softball Game, it was the American League winning an offensive slugfest over the National League by a final score of 25-21.
The game, which is taped on Sunday after the Futures Game and aired on ESPN after the Home Run Derby, was always entertaining and featured some unusual moments from the sports legends and celebrities.
For instance, as Steve Noah of Operation Sports showed in a Vine, Snoop Dogg did everything he could to keep scoring down:
Steve Noah @Steve_OS
Snoop going all out to rob the home run. Didn't quite get it... https://t.co/3VamasepDc2015-7-14 03:15:32
It should also be noted that Snoop Dogg "attempted" to rob Vladimir Guerrero on that play. The 2004 American League MVP blasted four home runs in the game, which proves he will never stop hitting any kind of ball that is in his vicinity.
Jennie Finch noted her outing would have been a lot different if not for Vlad the Impaler:
Jennie Finch @JennieFinch
Take a Vlad out of the lineup it would've been a much better game! #ShouldveStuckWithTheHeat #NeckIsSoreFromWhipLash https://t.co/b41zGMXaZV2015-7-14 03:23:48
Also, to illustrate how long Snoop has been an icon, his teammate Finch shared a brief story about her history with the rapper's music:
Jennie Finch @JennieFinch
Yes, I told Snoop we used to roll, bumpin' his 🎶 in our 62' all originally restored Impala (thx to my dad!) back in High School! #BombSquad😂2015-7-14 03:43:40
Snoop, who was the star of the game, showed his elusive running skills no doubt learned on the football field to get a double following a challenge, via MLB GIFs:
MLB GIFS @MLBGIFs
.@SnoopDogg wants the challenge … @SnoopDogg gets the call. http://t.co/8CoDFI0l0Y2015-7-14 03:46:39
The news was not all pretty for everyone. Andy Dalton, who seemed to be entering friendly territory playing in Cincinnati, was booed before coming up to the plate.
The Bengals quarterback would get the last laugh, as the Reds' official Twitter noted:
Cincinnati Reds @Reds
.@andydalton14 doesn't need the celebrity fence...his home run almost cleared the real wall! #CelebSoftball2015-7-12 23:35:22
Dalton would finish the game with two home runs for the National League, so it was not a wasted appearance despite the reaction of Cincinnati fans.
In a game with so many runs, it might seem odd to think about strategy. However, former Cincinnati Reds All-Star Eric Davis told Megan Zahneis and Alyson Footer of MLB.com that the plan was very simple for this matchup.
"With slow pitch, you just try to get the ball up and hit it," Davis said. "You try to take it too seriously, bad things will happen. I'm not taking it too serious, just having fun with it, and just trying to get out of the game how I came into it -- and that's injury-free."
Davis would make it out of the game injury-free, in addition to being arguably the most loved man in the stadium, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
C. Trent Rosecrans @ctrent
Not sure what was louder the cheers for Eric Davis or the boos for Andy Dalton in #ASG Celebrity Softball Game intros2015-7-12 22:30:46
Even though Davis' MLB career was wrecked by injuries, he had one of the best power-speed combos in the world for a long time. He had back-to-back seasons with at least 25 home runs and 50 stolen bases in 1986-87 and spent nine seasons with the Reds.
The celebrity game is often an overlooked aspect of the All-Star festivities. Given how inept offenses have been in MLB this season, it was refreshing to see so many runs on the board in this exhibition.
It also helps that Snoop Dogg is there to provide entertainment, along with Guerrero still proving how awesome he is with a bat in his hands. The pressure is now on baseball's biggest stars to deliver a spectacle as entertaining as this one Tuesday night during the All-Star Game.