The Kansas City Royals are the defending World Series Champions. However, this season the Royals have had to play in the shadow of first the Chicago White Sox and now the Cleveland Indians in the American Central.
However, on Tuesday night, two Royals players showed baseball fans that Kansas City has a potent offensive attack and will be ready for a stretch run toward the postseason.
Both players hit home runs during the second inning in which the American League scored three runs. Hosmer added a single and another RBI one inning later.
In doing so, he became the first Royal player since Bo Jackson back in 1989 to earn MVP honors for the game.
Hosmer told reporters that the entire week of the game has being nothing short of unbelievable for him. He called it his dream come true.
The win in the game went to Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. The American League has won four consecutive All-Star Games.
Kluber, in earning the win, became the first pitcher from the Indians to win the All-Star Game since 1998 when that honor went to Bartolo Colon, who is amazingly, still pitching in the big leagues with the New York Mets.
Kris Bryant the Chicago Cubs slugger hit a solo home run during the first inning off the scoreboard for the NL. Marcell Ozuna singled during the fourth to knock in the National League’s second and final run.
The most dramatic part of the game was in the eighth inning when Will Harris a right-hander for Houston fanned Aledmys Diaz with the bases jammed. The heroics by Harris kept the AL in the lead by two runs.
Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles pitched the ninth for the save.
The win by the American League gave the AL representative in the World Series home field advantage. Six of the past seven World Series champions have been helped with home field advantages and 9 of the 13 since the league implemented the rule in 2003.
Hosmer following the game said no one knows what team will be representing the American League in the Fall Classic but he and his Royals teammates know how important home field advantage was for them.
He added the All-Star team representing the AL was glad they secured it for the American League calling it something they all set out to accomplish prior to the start of the game.