By Migue Guerra
Major League Baseball’s Midsummer Classic already took place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19. In its 92nd edition, the All-Star Game welcomed two of the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball history, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, as guests.
In addition, this edition implements for the first time a new rule that will be in force at least as long as the current collective bargaining agreement lasts: any All-Star Game that is tied after nine innings will no longer be decided with the classic extra innings, but with a tie-breaker defined by home runs.
A total of 27 Latino players were selected for the event, including two Cubans, New York Yankees left-handed pitcher Néstor Cortés Jr. and Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Álvarez.
The enjoyment of this game always generates many emotions, but we especially enjoyed a curious detail on the part of pitcher Néstor Cortés that stirs many emotions to all Cubans inside and outside the island.
The native of Batabanó came to the Dodger Stadium mound in the bottom of the sixth inning with a very special glove, with the Cuban flag on its surface with bright colors and a design that stood out from the first impression.
¡NASTY NÉSTOR! 🔥@Cortes_1210 #AllStarGame pic.twitter.com/5YOtJLTCqx— MLB Cuba (@mlbcuba) July 20, 2022
To the delight of all Cubans, the southpaw pitched a solid inning, striking out two, the first against Austin Riley and the second against Garret Cooper, allowed no hits or runs, hit a batter and issued a walk.
Without a doubt, seeing Cortés with the glove of the Cuban flag makes us feel very proud of our roots and commits us to continue supporting all our countrymen in the best baseball in the world.