Robbie earns MVP while Cruz steals the show

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Robbie earns MVP while Cruz steals the show

As Mariners fans, we are plenty accustomed to humiliation and lack of respect. Last week, Nelson Cruz looked to be voted in as an All-Star and Robinson Cano looked to be a solid pick as a reserve. Disaster struck–as is typical with our hometown 9–as a late surge of votes but Tampa’s Corey Dickerson in as the American League starter for the 88th mid-summer classic. .

Dropping Cruz made for a tough decision when assembling the AL roster. Houston Astros’ manager Brad Mills, decided to put Cruz as the Mariner’s designated invitee, which unfortunately dropped Cano from consideration as a reserve.  A late scratch due to injuries allowed Mills to reconsider Cano as a late addition and from there the Mariners would be represented quite well.

Cano took the MVP honors in the game as a result of his game-winning blast. The 10th inning homer would come off of Wade Davis of the Chicago Cubs giving the American League a 2-1 victory.

Cano has won a World Series, the Home Run Derby title, and All-Star Game MVP, joining Hall of Famer Cal Ripken as the only player to have those three achievements on his resume.

Not to be left out of the fun, Nelson Cruz would make a splash as he got a photo taken of him and home plate umpire Joe West. The incident was perfect in putting the fun back into the All-Star game, that had been taken too seriously the last several years.

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