One year ago at this time, Melky Cabrera was rebuilding his status in baseball, putting up big, under-the-radar numbers for the Royals. A year later, he was back at Kauffman Stadium, winning the 2012 All-Star Game MVP award.
It's a crazy turnaround. And a pretty unfortunate one for the Royals. For the Giants, though, it's just sweet.
Cabrera finished the game going two-for-three with a pair of RBI -- both of which came on a fourth-inning homer -- and two of the runs scored.
After Melky's homer, the National League led 8-0 (a score that would eventually hold up), and it became kind of obvious that either Melky or Pablo Sandoval were going to pick up the MVP award.
The Melkman did just that and the KC Revenge we mentioned way back in May is even sweeter than anyone possibly could have thought.
What's amusing about the dominance of the Giants in the All-Star Game is that plenty of folks gave them flak when fans flooded the ballot box to get three guys -- Melky, Panda and Buster Posey -- in the starting lineup.
More flak was given when Matt Cain got the starting nod over R.A. Dickey. But it was those Giants who dominated in the early-going to give the NL an easy win.
Now the Giants just have to hope that World Series homefield advantage is something that they'll be concerned about in October.