Stanton returns home an All-Star, wins MVP

There was no more fitting place for Giancarlo Stanton’s first All-Star home run to land than the left-center-field seats at Dodger Stadium.

After all, that’s where his love of baseball developed into a lifelong passion

one that helped him earn the Ted Williams Award as the Chevrolet All-Star Game Most Valuable Player on Tuesday night.

“I can't really explain how special this is,” said Stanton, who grew up 30 minutes from Dodger Stadium and attended Notre Dame High School in nearby Sherman Oaks.

“It's hard to put into words that this is reality right now. It's really cool. I'm soaking it all in.”

Stanton’s titanic fourth-inning blast erased the National League’s two-run lead

then Byron Buxton followed with a solo shot, the two homers leading the American League to a 3-2 win and a ninth consecutive victory in the Midsummer Classic.

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