Baseball fans can watch the 2016 MLB All-Star Game live online and see if the AL team can win against what is close to the entire starting roster of the Chicago Cubs on the NL side.
The Cubs have seven players on the roster for Tuesday night’s game, as the North Side squad jumped out to the best start in the majors amid hopes that this year’s team could finally squash the championship curse surrounding the Cubs since 1908.
The team was unable to keep up the fast start, falling into a recent slump that saw the Cubs surpassed for top record in the MLB. But the Cubs are still the team to beat, as evidenced by their four starters in the game — which constitutes the entire starting infield.
“Everyone crowned us the World Series champion in December, which is unfair to the whole organization,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said (via ESPN). “Everyone put this high expectation on us, and we lived up to it.”
The 2016 MLB All-Star Game will start at 8 p.m. with Fox handling the broadcast. It will also be available live online for baseball fans unable to watch on television (a link to streaming video of the game can be found below).
Fans who watch the 2016 MLB All-Star Game live online will see something of a homecoming for a handful of the stars. Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, Mike Trout of the Angels, and Kris Bryant of the Cubs all played for the University of San Diego, where the game is being hosted. Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg played for San Diego State University.
There will be some other intriguing storylines, including Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz playing in his final All-Star Game.
David Ortiz will play in his final All-Star Game tonight.
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Fans who watch the 2016 MLB All-Star Game live online will see if the game itself can match the excitement of Monday’s Home Run Derby. In the prelude to the Midsummer Classic, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton shattered the derby record for home runs, hitting 61 shots, many of them going very deep. One of his homers landed just a hair shy of 500 feet, and in total he had 20 of the 21 longest home runs for the entire competition.
Many of Stanton’s home runs nearly smashed the giant scoreboard that sits atop the left-field stands, ESPN noted.
Stanton, whose.233 batting average wasn’t enough to earn him a spot in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game itself, said he wanted to make his only appearance in the festivities worthwhile.
“For sure, being on the West Coast and taking the flight out here just for this, you know. I figure it’s a waste if I don’t bring this bad boy home,” Stanton said. “I had a great time. I had a blast.”
Stanton also said after the competition that his amazing home run streak sort of fed into itself.
“When I get a few in a row I would kind of bump it up 5 to 10 percent,” he said. “But most the time I stuck at 80-90 percent. I knew I could do it endurance-wise. I was just hoping my swing didn’t fall about.”
1. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
2. Mike Trout, CF, Angels
3. Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles
4. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox
5. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox
6. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
7. Mookie Betts, RF, Red Sox
8. Salvador Perez, C, Royals
9. Jackie Bradley Jr., LF, Red Sox
Starting pitcher: Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox
1. Ben Zobrist, 2B, Cubs
2. Bryce Harper, RF, Nationals
3. Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
4. Wil Myers, DH, Padres
5. Buster Posey, C, Giants
6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs
7. Marcell Ozuna, CF, Marlins
8. Carlos Gonzalez, LF, Rockies
9. Addison Russell, SS, Cubs
Starting Pitcher: Johnny Cueto, RHP, Giants
Fans who want to watch the 2016 MLB All-Star Game live online can click here for streaming video through Fox Sports Go.
[Photo by AP Images/Lenny Ignelzi]