Melky Cabrera has plenty of reason to celebrate…
The 27-year-old Dominican baseball player was named the MVP of the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday night after powering the National League to an 8-0 win over the American League in Kansas City.
The San Francisco Giants slugger hit a single in the first inning and scored the game’s first run. Cabrera then hit a two-run homer against Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison in a three-run fourth.
Cabrera, who is currently with his fourth team in four years, received the most valuable player award in the same ballpark where he played last season. The former Kansas City Royals outfielder drew loud cheers as he picked up the trophy, with his mother at his side.
“I didn’t come to win an MVP. That’s just a surprise,” said Cabrera. “The same opportunity that Kansas City gave me last year is the same opportunity that San Francisco is giving me every day to showcase my talent. Again, I’m just very thankful for the fans that voted for me to come here.”
Giants fans, who made a late voting push to elect Pablo Sandoval and Cabrera to starting spots, might really appreciate the victory come October.
The Giants are a half-game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.
With Tuesday’s victory, the National League once again claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.