Buck Captains Late Inning Rally by American League in ASG

Image courtesy of Jack Dempsey/AP Images for Captain Morgan

Alright, so maybe John Buck didn’t have as prolific of an All-Star Game as the title would suggest, but basically I was just looking for an excuse to post this picture of him hanging out with his long-lost brother, Captain Morgan.

In all seriousness though, Buck had a great All-Star Game and represented the Toronto Blue Jays extremely well. No passed balls, four innings of solid catching, and a couple of hits to boot.

And if it weren’t for a slow-footed David Ortiz, John Buck could have been the captain for some late-inning heroics once again by the American League. Fangraphs does a great job of breaking down the play, and calculates what chance they AL would’ve had to win had Ortiz been safe at second base.


If anything, maybe a potential suitor liked what they say at the All-Star Game, and are even more interested in trading for John Buck.

All in all though, it was great to see three Blue Jays out there on the field at once, representing Canada’s only major league baseball team proudly.

I kind of wish Jose Bautista would’ve had a chance to swing the bat more than once, as I was eagerly anticipating him all evening. Everything was set for him to be the hero and club a game-tying home run, but unfortunately he popped out into foul territory and that was all for the AL in the bottom of the eighth inning.

As far as All-Star Games go, I don’t know if I’d classify this one as a “classic”, as nothing really stood out in my mind as noteworthy. It’s funny because in the NHL All-Star Game, its usually the goalies that get lit up and are made to look like fools, but last night it was the pitchers who made the hitters look silly.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.