Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bo Jackson's 1989 All Star Game 1/7/17

Hey baseball fans!

The NFL playoffs start today! In honor of this momentous occasion, it's time to learn about one of the greatest MLB All Star Game performances ever. It just so happened that this performance came from a dual athlete.

Bo Jackson was arguably a better football player than a baseball player, but he actually made each sports' All Star Games. Jackson's lone MLB All Star Game appearance came in 1989, a season in which he went on to hit a career-high 32 home runs and collect a career-high 105 RBIs while playing for the Royals, so his All Star nod was very well-deserved. In the 1989 All Star Game, Bo did absolutely amazing.

Jackson led off the ASG with a gargantuan home run that landed in the center field tarp at Anaheim Stadium, 448 feet away from home plate to be exact. It's one of the farthest homers ever hit at an All Star Game. In his next at-bat, Bo grounded into a force out at second base, but still drove in a run. He then proceeded to steal second base, becoming the second batter in MLB history to hit a home run and steal a base in the same All Star Game, the first being Willie Mays. And in his next at-bat, Jackson singled to center field. He would finish the day going 2-4 with two RBIs, a home run, a stolen base, and an All Star Game MVP Award.

What an amazing performance by Bo Jackson in the '89 Midsummer Classic. If only he made more of those during his MLB career. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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