LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday night, the American League won the 2022 MLB All-Star Game 3-2 for the ninth consecutive season for its 21st victory over the last 25 Midsummer Classics.
Take a look at 22 photos from Fastball USA Today’s partner for a closer look at Dodger Stadium, the two teams defending cancer, and of course, Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP celebration watched by an average of 7.1 million viewers as the most-watched show on Tuesday night television.
The National League looked promising with a two-run advantage heading into the fourth inning, but thanks to Yankees right fielder Stanton, the narrative tipped, and it tipped fast.
Stanton hit a 457-foot two-run homer to left center to tie the game. To make things more special, he grew up going to Dodgers games and attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks relatively close to the stadium.
In fact, Stanton said he used to sit in left field and scalp tickets to afford the games when he was a kid, so hitting one is beyond the reach of anyone. National League players where he grew up desperately looking for tickets was a hit to remember.
Stanton joins four other players in winning a league MVP award, Home Run Derby, and now an All-Star Game MVP honor.
The next hitter, Byron Buxton of the Twins, homered on a fastball to take a 3-2 lead.
Stanton ended up winning the MVP award by joining former Yankees players Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter in the elite group.