It’s the 2015 All Star Game, and the pageantry was perfect, better than ever.
For someone my age, it might have been the highlight of the night.
Before all else, there was the introduction of the Franchise Four for each major league club. I got to see most of the franchise 4 in action on the diamond. As you might know, I grew up watching the L.A. Dodgers.
After each club had those introductions, tonight’s American & National League All-Stars had their opening moments with the crowd in Cincinnati..
Then, a surprise. The Ultimate Franchise Four. The Greatest Living Legends for all of Major League Baseball.
I had not been expecting to see my boyhood idol on the field but, sure enough, Sandy Koufax made an appearance as 1 of the 4. The other 3, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Johnny Bench.
As luck would have it, I got to watch each of them play when visiting the Coliseum, and later Dodger Stadium.
One more time Koufax would be given the ball for pitching duties, and the ceremonial 1st pitch! I was returned, if only for a moment, to my teens.
The All-Star game hadn’t even started, and it was already a perfect baseball night!
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you, it was the American League who won the game, last night giving the American League home field advantage for the 2015 World Series.
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