Prince Fielder hits a home run wearing All Star Edition Franklin batting gloves.Prince Fielder hits a home run wearing All Star Edition Franklin batting gloves.

words // Nick Engvall

The Mid-Summer Classic is unlike All-Star games in most professional sports, as it actually has some importance, at least to the competitive teams in the league. The winner of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game decides which team will have home field advantage in the Fall Classic.

This year’s game was won by the National League, thanks to a 3-run home run by Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder. Fielder blasted an opposite field dinger, off of the Rangers C.J. Wilson, that bounced off the top of the fence and over. He becomes the first player in Milwaukee Brewers history to hit a home run in the All-Star Game. The home run earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player award, which is also a first for the Brewers franchise.

As can be expected, players brought out exclusive cleats, batting gloves, and other baseball equipment, to help celebrate making the All-Star team. Check out the photos below courtesy of Yahoo.

Blog Watch: A look at what the pros wore at the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.
Yadier Molina during batting practice wearing the Nike Trainer 1.3.
Yadier Molina during batting practice wearing the Nike Trainer 1.3.

Starlin Castro wearing the Nike Air Max 2011.Starlin Castro wearing the Nike Air Max 2011+.

Jose Reyes wearing an unreleased colorway of the Under Armour Incite.Jose Reyes wearing an unreleased colorway of the Under Armour Incite.

An up close shot of Andre Ethier's Easton batting gloves.An up close shot of Andre Ethier’s Easton batting gloves.

Jose Bautista takes some batting practice in his New Balance player exclusives.Jose Bautista takes some batting practice in his New Balance player exclusives.

Miguel Cabrera wearing All Star Exclusive Franklin batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera wearing All Star Exclusive Franklin batting gloves.

Matt Kemp wearing Easton batting gloves.Matt Kemp wearing Easton batting gloves.

Roy Halladay wearing his PE Nike cleats.Roy Halladay wearing his PE Nike cleats.

Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh.Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike All-Star PEs.

Brian McCann makes the tag wearing Mizuno catcher's equipment.Brian McCann makes the tag wearing Mizuno catcher’s equipment.

Brian Wilson wearing a pair of custom Nike cleats.Brian Wilson wearing a pair of custom Nike cleats by Jacob Patterson.

Justin Upton in a nice colorway of the adidas Diamond King.Justin Upton in a nice colorway of the adidas adiZero Diamond King.

Tyler Clippard in the Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh.Tyler Clippard in the Nike All-Star PEs.

Carloas Beltran wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.Carloas Beltran wearing player exclusive Nike baseball cleats.

Jair Jurrjens wearing the UA Yard III All Star cleats.Jair Jurrjens wearing the UA Yard III All Star cleats.

Clayton Kershaw wearing the Under Armour Heater IV All Star edition.Clayton Kershaw wearing the Under Armour Heater IV All Star edition.

Pablo Sandoval wearing UA baseball cleats.Pablo Sandoval wearing UA baseball cleats.

Kevin Youkilis wearing his PEs from New Balance.Kevin Youkilis wearing his PEs from New Balance.