By Mike McCormick

MIAMI -- Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Marlins Park marked the first time that the Midsummer Classic did not determine home-field advantage for the World Series since 2002. But while some worried the intensity of play might drop, the players and managers involved showed that this contest mattered more than ever.

"I thought the overall intensity of the game was very good," National League manager Joe Maddon said. "Right down to the very last out, both sides wanted to win that game. Spectacular pitching on both sides."

A night after 25-year-old Aaron Judge showed the world in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby that youngsters have taken over the league, 34-year-old Robinson Cano gave proof that veterans still have their place, launching a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 10th to earn MVP honors in the American League's 2-1 victory.

"As a kid, you watch (Ken) Griffey and all those guys come to the All-Star Game and win the MVP," Cano said after the game. "You want to get that feeling. It feels great."

Here were the top moments from Miami's first-ever MLB All-Star Game:

1. Cano blasts game-winning homer in the 10th.

2. Nelson Cruz pulls out his phone to have a picture taken with home plate umpire Joe West before Cruz's first at-bat in the sixth inning.

3. Andrew Miller K's rookie sensation Cody Bellinger to end the game and put the final strikeout total for this All-Star Game at a whopping 23 whiffs.

4. Even Steven: With the 2-1 AL victory, each league now holds a 43-43-2 record in the Midsummer Classic, and even more remarkably the overall total score is knotted at 361-361.

5. Bryce Harper makes the game's first great defensive grab on a running catch to rob Salvador Perez of a gapper in the second inning.

6. Yadier Molina becomes the oldest catcher ever to homer in an All-Star Game, while also tying up the score on a solo blast in the sixth.

7. Latin-born Hall of Famers are honored on-field before the game and throw out ceremonial first pitches.

8. Justin Upton makes a running, sliding catch to rob Corey Seager of extra bases to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning.

9. Mookie Betts nails Nolan Arenado trying to tag up from first to second on a deep fly ball in the fourth.

10. Giancarlo Stanton gets introduced to his boisterous home fans before the game.


Mike McCormick is an editorial director for and contributor to Sports on Earth.