An ideal script was likewise laid out through the many events of the entire extended All-Star weekend, all the way down to the sunset appearance for New York Yankee great, Derek Jeter.
Commentators described the All-Star game night as "a well-played All-Star game," and exclaimed, "What a night for baseball!" And though the evening's MVP award went to 23-year-old outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, it was 40-year-old Jeter who represented the epicenter of the evening. Known as "The Captain" Jeter gave several tips of the cap to fans, peers and umpires throughout the night, to raucous standing applause. Jeter, in his traditional No. 2 jersey number, went 2-for-2 at the plate before exiting in the 4th inning.
Home field advantage in the coming World Series is awarded to the winning All-Star team providing significance to the game's outcome. A unique (or not) closing situation arose to close the game in victory for the American League, as Twins pitcher, and Minnesota native, Glen Perkins served up the final pitch and out for the evening, right into the familiar catcher's glove of fellow Twins All-Star Kurt Suzuki.
Great applause was given to several current, retired and participating Twins players throughout the All-Star week, including at Monday's sold out Home Run Derby, as both current Twin second baseman Brian Dozier, and former Twins AL MVP, Justin Morneau stepped to the plate. Neither performed very well in the Home Run Derby, but extensive attention was given to Morneau throughout the week from fans and local media, hoping for a future return to Twins Territory.
Earlier events in the weekend paraded celebrities from near, far, and various backgrounds, through the many Target Field and FanFest events. Fans especially raved over appearances from current Vikings great, running back Adrian Peterson, as he participated in the celebrity softball game and FanFest batting practice.
Valuable displays from the MLB Hall of Fame were present in the FanFest arena, including a large centerpiece display of Negro League paraphernalia, photos and history.
Baseball has long been recognized as the national pastime, and avid followers from all ends of the civilized baseball world were present in downtown Minneapolis, with smiles and appreciation for the area's convenience and aesthetics. One All-Star game veteran, a native of San Francisco, commented, "Last year in New York it took an hour to get anywhere, so this is great. It's nice to be able to get to all the events."
Indeed the Twin Cities longtime gift of city planning shined through, and July weather sufficiently kept most activities comfortable; save the cold rain delay during the Home Run Derby, resulting in the equivalent of a five hour dunk contest. And though the mummified remains of Block E – currently under development to become Mayo Clinic Square – provided a big, yet quiet wart in the center of downtown, there was no doubt that a unanimous sentiment resonated throughout the entire Twin Cities 2014 MLB All-Star game presentation ... home run.