Cincinnati has proudly displayed its rich baseball history, downtown development, hidden gems and hospitality during Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game festivities, transforming the city into a baseball fan’s dream.
It’s been amazing. I’ve taken in All-Star FanFest at Duke Energy Convention Center, All-Star Sunday with the Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and walked among the crowds downtown and at The Banks. From top to bottom, it’s been a class series of events. But it all came together for me last night.
During Monday’s Home Run Derby, I was a kid again. Back in the ballpark. A fan among fans. And it was perfect.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier stole the show along with fans’ hearts as he celebrated a victory in storied fashion. A culmination of hard work, humility and fun, #TheToddfather became only the second player in MLB history to win the Home Run Derby in his home stadium and the third Reds player to ever win the contest.
With Frazier’s victory, Cincinnati came together. We believed. We had something to celebrate on top of being the host city. In the spotlight, Frazier may have also solidified his place as Cincinnati’s favorite athlete.
As we saw with the 2012 World Choir Games, predicting a large, international event’s lasting impact and success may be tough to perceive until you press play and let it happen. So far, Cincinnati has knocked it out of the park.
Here’s to a great All-Star Game tonight. Let’s go National League!