Photos: 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Every July, Major League Baseball’s best players compete for home-field advantage in October’s World Series.

Last week, the 86th Midsummer Classic came to the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the fifth time. Mike Trout’s second consecutive All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honor further cemented his status as the gold standard in the sport. He along with countless other young stars showed off their talents at Great American Ball Park.

Below are some images I took during the festivities.

Those at Great American Ball Park pay their respects during the National Anthem before the Home Run Derby.

Those at Great American Ball Park pay their respects during the National Anthem before the Home Run Derby.

Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Morgan's statue looks towards the sky outside of Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Morgan’s statue looks towards the sky outside of Great American Ball Park.

DJ Earworm's set wasn't complete without top 40 hits, lasers and fireworks on the Great American Ball Park diamond.

DJ Earworm’s set wasn’t complete without top 40 hits, lasers and fireworks on the Great American Ball Park diamond.

Houston Astros mascot Orbit lays down on the red carpet during the parade.

Houston Astros mascot Orbit lays down on the red carpet during the parade.

A river boat sits along the Ohio River. Steamboats are a common sight in Cincinnati.

A river boat sits along the Ohio River. Steamboats are a common sight in Cincinnati.

Fans watch the red carpet parade through windows overlooking the streets of downtown Cincinnati.

Fans watch the red carpet parade through windows overlooking the streets of downtown Cincinnati.

Walk the Moon performs "Shut Up and Dance" before the Home Run Derby.

Walk the Moon performs “Shut Up and Dance” before the Home Run Derby.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole and Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon catch up.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole and Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon catch up.

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