All-Star Game: Prince Fielder’s home run earns slugger MVP honors, cheers from fickle fans, new teammate in Francisco Rodriguez


Prince Fielder was the hero of the night as the National League won its second straight All-Star Game in Phoenix. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

(Watch a post-game interview with All-Star Game MVP Prince Fielder here.)

It’s good to be the Prince again.

After drawing the ire of the home crowd at Chase Field when he nixed Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Justin Upton’s chances of competing in the Home Run Derby team, the Brewers basher made amends with his three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth that was all the NL would need in a 5-1 victory.

Fielder’s bomb to left-center capped a night full of short-term memory loss. The hometown crowd quickly forgot they were supposed to be miffed at the big vegetarian, and Fielder helped the National League forget it had lost 13 consecutive Midsummer Classic’s before 2010.

As the National League’s derby team captain, Fielder got to pick his four-man squad for Monday night’s long-ball contest. Choosing not to tap D-Backs All-Star Upton, Fielder went with Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Brewers teammate Rickie Weeks.

In exchange, the home crowd served Fielder a full helping of boos.

But everything turned around with one swing of the bat Tuesday night.

Fielder, a perennial deadline-deal-gone-awry poster child, even picked up a new teammate in the desert when the Brewers nabbed New York Mets closer and fellow All-Star Francisco Rodriguez along with some cash for two players to be named.

Haven Fielder, Prince’s five-year-old son, also got some camera time Tuesday with the face he made after taking a sip of a Ga­tor­ade protein drink during his dad’s post-game presser. Check out the Mohawked future slugger’s best Mr. Yuck impersonation over at Larry Brown Sports.

Note to the Pittsburgh Pirates: Go with the fruit basket over the smoked meats when you send your thank you package to Prince for giving you home field advantage in the World Series.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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