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St. Louis Cardinals 2021 All-Stars

While it is impossible to ignore that the summer temps are heating up here in St. Louis, so is the regular season competition across the league. The St. Louis Cardinals are currently in fourth place in the National League’s Central Division and fighting for third with neighboring rivals, the Chicago Cubs. If any of us St. Louis Cardinals fans are looking for a reprieve from the fierce competition, or just another reason to love our illustrious team and the incredible game of baseball, look no further.

This time of year is always a blast! A few weeks ago, we anxiously awaited for Major League Baseball to announce who we chose to participate in the annual celebrations, known as the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. We prayed that our hometown favorites would get selected. We all have our favorites. Some play for our home team and others play for our rivals. Sometimes, our favorites are elected to take part, and sometimes, we feel as if they got snubbed.  

We often want to see our heroes stepping up to the plate in the Home Run Derby and exuding the strength to hit the stitches and watch the ball soar further and more frequently than anyone else on the field.  Dreams may come true!

Who hasn’t dreamed of someone on your home team showing off their rockstar skills by blasting the game-winning home run so their league can claim themselves as the winner of this year’s big event?    

Let’s face it, baseball fans all around the world are ready to enjoy some carefree, wholesome entertainment this July when MasterCard hosts the Major League Baseball’s 91st Midsummer Classic All-Star Game in Denver Colorado, starting in just a few days.  

The Midsummer Classic events allow the elected players to participate in the back-to-back events on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The players gather together with their elected teammates and friend to revel in their love of the beautiful game of baseball. There’s more to this event than simply winning. Each year the players are able to share with the world their love for the game, the camaraderie found in competitive sports, and the passion they feel when doing what they love the most – playing baseball!

In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Home Run Derby is scheduled to occur on Monday night, July 12th and will air live on ESPN at 6:00 PM MT. The All-Star Game will be on Tuesday, July 13th, and will air live on FOX with a starting time of 5:30 PM MT. Both events are taking place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Let the fun begin!

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Like most baseball fans, I had my favorite St. Louis Cardinals players on my mental roster in my brain when the election process took place and while I was ecstatic to see a few of our players had made the list, my all-time favorite player was not chosen this year. We can’t win them all, right?  

When I woke up Saturday morning, I thought I was dreaming and a mid-summer miracle had occurred. The MLB announced several replacements for both the American and National Leagues this morning since a few players were ill, injured, or had opted out of participating. One of the announced replacements was our hometown hero and superstar catcher, Yadier Molina. He was chosen via player ballot and was elected to replace fellow catcher, Buster Posey, of the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, Posey’s recent thumb injury continued to cause him grief and he can not play next week.

It was later announced that Molina opted out of playing this year to take time to relax and recoup from his recent foot injury. While this meant my 2021 All-Star dreams of Molina playing were shot down, I ultimately understand his position and give him kudos for doing what was best for his situation. If a player simply wants to do what needs to be done to be in the best health and position once the All-Star break is over, he should do so.  

As we are all aware, Yadier Molina is not new to the All-Star games, as the 2021 vote makes this his 10th season elected to the National League All-Star roster. He was last chosen to attend the festivities in 2018, which if you remember was a big year for him since he was also awarded the Gold Glove and Roberto Clemente Awards. 

Clearly, Yadier Molina’s talent not only impresses us Cardinals fans but also the entire league. It is such a treat to see the love that Molina receives from across the world each and every season. While he will not be attending the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 13th, his passionate play, and presence will be greatly missed. We hope he is able to watch his St. Louis Cardinals brothers, Alex Reyes and Nolan Arenado participate and represent the National League, our incredible team, and our beautiful city.  

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Here’s a fun fact for you. To mark this as an even more incredible year, this year’s All-Star game is scheduled to take place on Molina’s 39th birthday. Here’s to hoping the National League team can bring home a great birthday win for him.

New Jersey native, Alex Reyes, will represent the St. Louis Cardinals and the National League as a reliever pitcher during this year’s All-Star game. This is his first time being chosen and we fully appreciate and understand why. His 2021 season has proven to be a brilliant year for Reyes, as he has clearly become more confident in his play and continues to expand his pitching skills. He has the potential to be a big producer if he continues to stay composed and sharp. As a St. Louis Cardinal, Reyes has increased his playtime, become a dependable closer, pitched in 41.1 innings, and finished 36 games so far this season.  

Our impressive third-baseman, Nolan Arenado was chosen for his 6th All-Star appearance for the National League’s starting roster. While he has only had a short tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals, he has had an impeccable season and made quite an impact covering third-base and hitting his best while at the plate. So far this season he has produced 17 home runs and 56 RBI’s. 

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ST LOUIS, MO – JUNE 25: Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Busch Stadium on June 25, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Arenado play this season. You can clearly see that he has a love and passion for the game, which is quite intoxicating. His powerful presence at-bat and fortifying support at third-base make it almost impossible to find fault with his play.  

I think the St. Louis Cardinals and our fans should be proud that three of our exceptional players got selected to attend this years’ events. While only two will actually represent our team and the National League next week, I’m sure Molina will be there in mind and spirit.  

The game of baseball is exciting and very competitive, as can the All-Star game, but hopefully, the players can take a step back, enjoy this special time of year and reflect on how incredible this opportunity is for themselves and the fans. Look out for the big hits during the Home Run Derby, as well as the overwhelming talent competing during the All-Star game on Tuesday.  

There are several other All-Star events scheduled to occur this weekend leading up to the bigger events on Monday and Tuesday. You can check the schedule at www.mlb.com/all-star/schedule for more details.  

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-Darla Yocom

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