Trevor's Storybook Season Adds All-Star Glitter
Soft-spoken Trevor Story is making people pay attention.
Making his All-Star debut on Tuesday night, the Rockies shortstop delivered a game-tying home run in his first All-Star at-bat. Story, who replaced Brandon Crawford at shortstop, became the first shortstop to hit a game-tying home run in the baseball's Mid-Summer Classic, and the third Rockies player in 26 years to hit an All-Star home run.
That gave Story back-to-back impact at-bats. Story hit the first walk-off home run in his career to lift the Rockies to a 4-3 victory against Seattle on Sunday in the final regular-season game before the All-Star Game.
Story was joined in the All-Star Game by teammates Nolan Arenado, who was making his fourth appearance and second consecutive start at third base for the NL, and Charlie Blackmon, who was an in-game replacement for starting center fielder Bryce Harper.
Arenado was 0-for-2 with a walk, and is now 2-for-8 in All-Star appearances. Blackmon was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his third All-Star appearance, including being voted to the starting lineup by fans a year ago, and is 0-for-8.
Story, however, became the third player in Rockies history to get a hit in his first All-Star at-bat, the first to hit a home run. Story connected off Charlie Morton of the Astros in the seventh inning to tie the score at 2-2 in a game the AL won 8-6 in 10 innings on a night an All-Star record 10 home runs were hit.
He joined Preston Wilson, who singled off Mark Mulder in his All-Star debut in 2003, and Dante Bichette, who delivered a pinch-hit single off Mike Mussina in the 1994 game, as Rockies representatives who had a hit in his All-Star debut.
Story's home run was the third in All-Star history by a Rockies player. Todd Helton hit two-run home run of Shigetoshi Hasegawa in the fifth inning of the 2003 All-Star Game, giving the NL a 2-1 lead in a game it lost 7-6. Matt Holliday homered off Ervin Santana in the fifth inning of the 2008 game, giving the NL a 1-0 lead in a game the AL won 4-3 in 12 innings.
"Trevor's on a mission to be that consistent player that everybody wants to have on their team," Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon said during Monday's All-Star media session. "He's had a few ups and downs early in his career. Thankfully, he's such a young player that he's got lots of time for him to figure it out. But here he is so early in his career starting to put it together."
Story struck out in his other at-bat, in the ninth inning against Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz.