2022 MLB All-Star Game - Best moments, takeaways from the American League's victory in Los Angeles
The 2022 MLB All-Star Game came to Hollywood as Dodger Stadium hosted the biggest and brightest names in baseball.
It was familiar territory for Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who was just the sixth pitcher in the past 40 years to start the All-Star Game in his home park.
The American League extended their Midsummer Classic winning streak to nine games, defeating the National League 3-2, with New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton receiving All-Star MVP honors. Stanton went 1-for-2 at the plate with a home run. The AL is now 47-43-2 all-time against the NL.
Here is a look at some of the best sights and sounds from Los Angeles, and also check our reporters' predictions to see if they were right.
Alden Gonzalez: Shohei Ohtani lying flat on the Dodger Stadium dirt, arms stretched wide, head tilted to the side, staring off in disbelief. Moments earlier, Ohtani declared over the Dodger Stadium video board that he would swing at the first pitch -- "First pitch, first swing," he said -- and then he delivered with a clean base hit.
But this is Clayton Kershaw's house. His moment. And so he got his vengeance, picking Ohtani off first base for the first out in a scoreless inning. This is what the All-Star Game should be about -- the best players talking smack, laying it on the line and demonstrably having fun while doing so.
Ohtani cackled to himself after Kershaw caught him leaning for his secondary lead. As he should.
Jeff Passan: With apologies to Giancarlo Stanton, Alek Manoah was the real MVP of the 92nd All-Star Game. And for that we have to thank the unlikely combination of technology and his right arm.
FOX mic'd up Manoah while he was on the mound for the second inning, and Manoah, the personality-filled 24-year-old Toronto Blue Jays starter, had a star turn.
From the first National League batter he faced, William Contreras, it was clear that Manoah was the right choice to converse with play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and analyst John Smoltz. When Contreras struck out swinging on a 94-mph sinker, he punctuated it with: "Here we go! There's one."
Next up was Joc Pederson, who couldn't catch up to a 93-mph sinker at the top of the strike zone, prompting Manoah to say: "Here we go! There's two."