The 2017 MLB All-Star Game was the first that did not determine home-field advantage in the World Series, so many feared it would take the excitement out of the game. I mean, that's exactly what it's done for the other three sports, but the midsummer classic did not disappoint at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday night. The game featured its usual fast-pace action, and went in to extra innings for the first time since 2008 in what was a 2-1 American League victory over the National League. Robinson Cano hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning, and was then named the game's Most Valuable Player. The A.L. recorded their fifth straight victory, as Cano's big fly came off of Chicago Cubs' reliever Wade Davis. He became the third Mariners player to earn All-Star Game MVP honors, joining Ichiro Suzuki in 2007 and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1992. His home run was the first extra-inning big fly in the festivities since Tony Perez did so 50 years ago in the 15th inning for a 2-1 NL victory, There was another historic long ball in this contest, as Yadier Molina of the Cardinals tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth. He becomes the oldest catcher to go deep in an All-Star Game, and this was after being a photographer during the game for Nelson Cruz. The Mariners' slugger wanted to get a picture with home plate umpire Joe West, who was calling his third career All-Star Game and recently surpassed 5,000 career games called. Cruz pulled out his phone right before his at-bat during the inning, and had the catcher, Molina, take a quick picture on the field. The less meaningful game seemed to bring more excitement and energy to the players, but the National League will be motivated to snap this losing streak next season in Washington D.C.
Coyotes Tab Rick Tocchet as Next Head Coach
The lowly Arizona Coyotes continue to rebuild their organization throughout this off-season, but they took a big step on Tuesday afternoon. The Coyotes named longtime player Rick Tocchet as their next head coach. Tocchet played 18 years in the National Hockey League, three of which were with the Coyotes. The 53-year-old has spent the last three seasons as an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins, which included Stanley Cup titles the past two years. He was once an assistant for the Coyotes as well back in the 2005-06 campaign. His departure was not the prettiest, as he pleaded guilty to promoting gambling during a leave of absence in 2007. He was sentenced to two years probation, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that Tocchet's involvement was not as serious as first thought, and Arizona GM John Chyka claimed that all that controversy is in the past, and will not affect his stint as Coyotes head coach. Meanwhile, Arizona is coming off a dismal 70-point season and hope that a change in leadership will kick-start their resurgence in the Pacific Division.
Mayweather, McGregor Trade Insults as Tour Kicks Off
The Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor tour kicked off on Tuesday night ahead of their showdown on August 26th, which will air on Showtime. As expected from the two arrogant competitors, plenty of insults and taunting were involved, including the 28-year-old McGregor wearing a suit that said "f*** you." The UFC fighter expressed his excitement heading into his first boxing mathcup, calling it "an honor" but said that "somebody's o has got to go." That was a reference to Mayweather's unblemished record, which currently sits at 49-0 for the 40-year-old. Although, the former UFC Champion predicted a quick knockout of Mayweather "inside of four rounds." "Money" responded to McGregor's harsh words by comparing the two men's paychecks, and brought up his $100 million check for his win over Manny Pacquiao. McGregor continuously chipped in during Mayweather's time of the press conference, which forced officials to turn off the Irishman's microphone. This tour goes through Friday in London, and it will only get more and more heated as the week goes on.