It's always a special moment when a "hometown" player goes out and delivers the big hit in a ball game; but watching that same player do his thing on a big stage with the nation watching was especially gratifying.
With a powerful left-handed swing, Atlanta's own Brian McCann powered the National League to their first All-Star game victory since 1996 and in doing so earned MVP honors. McCann joins Fred McGriff as the only Braves to have won an All-Star MVP trophy.
The Braves will need the bat of McCann down the stretch to hold onto their NL East lead. It certainly isn't a bad sign to see him do some damage against one of the tougher relievers in the American League.
It was an unremarkable game for the other Atlanta participants. Martin Prado had a quiet three at-bats and was unable to get on base against the talented American League hurlers. Neither Tim Hudson or Omar Infante played in the game, which is disappointing. But then again it's never a bad thing to keep a few innings off of Hudson's arm.
It was also interesting to watch several former Braves players in other uniforms. Guys like Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Adam Wainwright all began their careers in the Atlanta farm system before being traded to benefit the big league team.