Mizuno Brand Ambassador and Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced before the 2012 season that this would be his last year playing professional baseball. The 40-year old Chipper is hitting .318 on the season, which was more than enough to earn him a spot on the National League All-Star Team for the eighth time in his career. The future Hall-of-Famer's last All-Star Game was certainly one of the more compelling stories from last night. Prior to the game, National League Manager Tony LaRussa asked Chipper to speak to the team about the game. Here is a clip of Chipper's speech:
The National League won the All-Star Game for the third year in a row, defeating the American League 8-0. Chipper had one at-bat in the game, and certainly made the most of it after a warm embrace from the Kansas City crowd. Here is a clip of Chipper's final All-Star Game at-bat:
A few other Mizuno-related stories from the All-Star Game were the great start of San Francisco Giants pitcher and Cy Young hopeful Matt Cain, who threw two scoreless innings and picked up the win for the NL. Cain was using the new Mizuno Pro Limited Glove, which launches on August 1st. At several spots during the first two innings, FOX showed Cain's new leather and his custom All-Star Game cleats, offering excellent visibility for the Mizuno Brand. Here is a clip of Cain's solid start for the National League:
Also using the new Mizuno Pro Limited was Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who worked a scoreless-inning of relief. Sale, a Cy Young hopeful for the American League, recorded a strikeout in his first All-Star Game. Here is a clip of Sale's scoreless inning:
Finally, the Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler received an outstanding ovation as the lone All-Star from the hometown team. Butler worked the count full before striking out in his one plate appearance, but had the crowd cheering late in a lopsided contest. Here is a clip of the rousing ovation that Butler received from the Kansas City fans:
The regular season picks back up on Friday, and it should be another great second half as the Pennant races heat up.