Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó homered in the 10th inning to win the game, 2-1, for the American League and earn MVP honors. His late game heroics earned him the 2017 Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award and with that came with Cano's choice of either a new Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport or a new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and not surprisingly, the second basement chose the sports auto.
For the first time in more than a decade, this All-Star Game didn't count, at least in terms of home-field advantage in the World Series. "I'm a fan of his. If not ...", Cano said.
A new-look All-Star Game ended with an old-time score.
During the All-Star Game, players are allowed to keep their phones in the dugout - to play Candy Crush, mostly. That changed after signing with the Mariners as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. Baseball star Bryce Harper says his sport should adopt a draft format, too - an idea that horrifies purists still reeling from the removal of actual pitches from the intentional walk, and who consider the American-National league rivalry sacred to the sport's canon.
However, that did not matter when Cano returned to the national spotlight for a night. The Houston Astros' Jose Altuve was voted by the fans as the starter.
It was the first extra-inning home run in an All-Star Game since Reds slugger Tony Perez hit one exactly 50 years ago.
Davis gave up Cano's home run in the 10th on Tuesday. "I wanted to know how it felt". All of them feels different. Cruz then stuffed the phone in his back pocket and flied out to center.
Molina had just entered behind the plate in the top half and snapped off an All-Star first - Cruz pulled a phone out of his uniform trousers and asked the catcher to shoot a photo of him with umpire Joe West, who recently worked the 5,000th game of his career.
Everyone stopped while West and Cruz cheesed for the camera - and yes, that's Cardinals catcher/part-time photographer Yadier Molina snapping the pic. "He's a legend but he's not getting any younger and I'm not getting any younger. This might have been my last chance to get a picture with him, so I took advantage of it".
The moment was the highlight of the game for Cruz, who went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
"That's what people and fans love now these days, especially joking around with social media", Cano said.