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2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Date July 9, 2002
Venue Miller Park
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Managers American League - Joe Torre (NYY)
National League - Bob Brenly (ARI)
Attendance 41,871
First pitch Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell
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The 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 73rd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues that make up Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers of the NL. The game controversially ended in a 7–7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league.

No player was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award due to the game ending in a tie. The roster selection for the 2002 game marked the inaugural All-Star Final Vote competition (then known as "The All-Star 30th Man" competition). Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones represented the American and National Leagues as a result of this contest.

Rosters

Final Roster Spot

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Johnny Damon BOS CF Andruw Jones ATL CF
Jim Thome CLE 1B Brian Giles PIT RF
Eric Chavez OAK 3B Larry Walker COL RF
Magglio Ordóñez CWS RF Albert Pujols STL 1B
Darin Erstad ANA CF Ryan Klesko SD 1B

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners RF 1 José Vidro Expos 2B
2 Shea Hillenbrand Red Sox 3B 2 Todd Helton Rockies 1B
3 Alex Rodriguez Rangers SS 3 Barry Bonds Giants LF
4 Jason Giambi Yankees 1B 4 Sammy Sosa Cubs RF
5 Manny Ramírez Red Sox LF 5 Vladimir Guerrero Expos CF
6 Jorge Posada Yankees C 6 Mike Piazza Mets C
7 Torii Hunter Twins CF 7 Scott Rolen Phillies 3B
8 Alfonso Soriano Yankees 2B 8 Jimmy Rollins Phillies SS

Game

Umpires

Home Plate Gerry Davis
First Base Tim Tschida
Second Base Chuck Meriwether
Third Base Jerry Meals
Left Field Marty Foster
Right Field Paul Emmel

Game summary

National League starting pitcher Curt Schilling was sharp early on, striking out three through two innings pitched. In the bottom of the first, Barry Bonds hit a deep fly ball off AL starter Derek Lowe, which looked to be deep enough to be a home run. Instead, center fielder Torii Hunter reached over the wall and caught Bonds' drive, denying the NL an early lead. Bonds playfully picked up Hunter as the NL took the field the next inning.

The NL would get on the board in the bottom of the second, when a Mike Piazza groundout scored Vladimir Guerrero from third. They'd score three more runs the next inning, when Todd Helton singled home Jimmy Rollins. Barry Bonds would get revenge for having his first-inning home run taken away by belting a two-run shot to give the NL a 4–0 lead. The AL would finally score in the fourth, on the strength of a Manny Ramírez RBI single.

The AL would cut the NL lead in half in the fifth, when Alfonso Soriano hit a solo homer off Eric Gagné to cut the lead to 4–2. The NL got a run back with Damian Miller's RBI double to put the NL up 5–2. The AL put together a big inning in the seventh to take the lead. An RBI groundout from Garret Anderson, an RBI single from Tony Batista, and a two-run double from Paul Konerko scored four runs for the AL, giving them a 6–5 lead after their half of the seventh.

The NL regained the lead in bottom of the seventh, on a two-run single from Lance Berkman, which scored Mike Lowell and Damian Miller. The AL quickly tied the game back up in the eighth with Omar Vizquel's RBI triple. Neither team scored after that in regulation, and the game went into extra innings. Vicente Padilla and Freddy García each pitched scoreless innings in the tenth and eleventh, keeping the game tied.

A problem arose at this point, as Padilla and Garcia were the last available pitcher on each team. In the middle of the eleventh inning, AL and NL managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly met on the mound with Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the situation, and it was controversially ruled that if the NL did not score in the bottom of the eleventh, the game would be declared a tie1. After the decision was announced over the stadium's PA system, fans loudly booed and jeered, with beer bottles being thrown onto the field, and chants of "Let them play!", "Refund!", "Bud must go!" and "Ripoff!" were heard. Garcia retired the side in the eleventh, and the game ended in a 7–7 tie, to further booing and bottle throwing. No MVP award was given.

1 Rule 4.17 of the normal MLB playing rules provides that a team that is unable or refuses to place nine players on the field shall forfeit the game. Had this rule been properly applied, the American League team would have been declared the winner.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 7 12 0
National League 0 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Starting pitchers:
AL: Derek Lowe
NL: Curt Schilling
Home runs:
AL: Alfonso Soriano (1)
NL: Barry Bonds (1)

Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby took place on July 8 with eight players, four from each league, competing to try to hit as many home runs as possible.

Miller Park, Milwaukee—A.L. 42, N.L. 31
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Jason Giambi Yankees 11 7 7 25
Sammy Sosa Cubs 12 5 1 18
Paul Konerko White Sox 6 6 12
Richie Sexson Brewers 6 4 10
Torii Hunter Twins 3 3
Barry Bonds Giants 2 2
Alex Rodriguez Rangers 2 2
Lance Berkman Astros 1 1
Semifinals Finals
               
1  Sammy Sosa 5  
4  Richie Sexson 4  
    1  Sammy Sosa 1
  2  Jason Giambi 7
2  Jason Giambi 7
3  Paul Konerko 6  
  • Giambi defeated Konerko in a blast off, similar to penalty shots

Notes

  • Before the game, Red Sox All-Stars Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon and Ugueth Urbina unveiled a No. 9 (in honor of Ted Williams, who died a few days earlier) painted into the grass in left field—the position the "Splendid Splinter" patrolled in 18 All-Star Games while playing for Boston. It was also the introduction of the uniform change for the Red Sox, adding a black "9" and black armband on the right sleeve of the jersey, for the remainder of the 2002 season.
  • In the bottom of the first inning, Torii Hunter made a leaping catch of what would have been a home run by Barry Bonds. Initially lauded as a great play, the catch took on extra significance when the game ended in a tie and the play was voted the play of the year on MLB.com.
  • In Bernie's Dugout above left field, mascots from multiple MLB teams joined Bernie and pushed each other down the slide every time a home run was made.
  • When Freddy García batted in the 11th inning, he wore a Chicago White Sox helmet; coincidentally, he would be traded to the White Sox two years later.
  • With the American League having five Shortstops and one Second baseman, Omar Vizquel came off the bench to play second base.
  • Before the bottom of the 11th, public address announcer Robb Edwards announced the decision that if the National League did not score the game would end in a tie. They did not score, and the game ended in a tie. When the game was called, the fans started the Bad News Bears chant of "Let them Play!, Let them Play!" to no avail.
  • Joe Buck and Tim McCarver stated if the National League won Damian Miller would be named M.V.P., if the American League won Paul Konerko would be.
  • Throughout the game both managers wore microphones to converse with Buck, McCarver, and each other.

Footnotes

  • a Player declined or was unable to play.
  • b Player replaced vacant spot on roster.
  • FV Player was voted onto roster through the All-Star Final Vote.

References

General
Specific

External links

  • All-Star Game Home Page
  • Home Run Derby
  • Boxscore and Game Recap
  • Sport Illustrated Recap
  • ESPN.com Recap
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