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2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
American League 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 x 7 9 0
Date July 15, 2003
Venue U.S. Cellular Field
City Chicago, Illinois
MVP Garret Anderson (ANA)
Attendance 47,609
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell

The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7-6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7-7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage.

This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.


  • Rosters 1
    • National League 1.1
    • American League 1.2
  • Game 2
    • Coaching staffs 2.1
    • Umpires 2.2
    • Starting lineups 2.3
    • Game summary 2.4
  • Home Run Derby 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


  • a Player was unable to play due to injury.
  • b Player was selected to start, but was unable to play due to injury.
  • c Player replaced an injured player.
  • FV Player was selected by the fans through the All-Star Final Vote.


Coaching staffs

National League
Coach Position Team
Dusty Baker Manager Chicago Cubs
Lloyd McClendon Pittsburgh Pirates manager
Tony La Russa St. Louis Cardinals manager
Dick Pole Bench coach Chicago Cubs
Larry Rothschild Pitching coach
Gary Matthews Hitting coach
Juan López Bullpen coach
Gene Clines First base coach
Wendell Kim Third base coach
American League
Coach Position Team
Mike Scioscia Manager Anaheim Angels
Jerry Manuel Chicago White Sox manager
Ron Gardenhire Minnesota Twins manager
Joe Maddon Bench coach Anaheim Angels
Bud Black Pitching coach
Mickey Hatcher Hitting coach
Orlando Mercado Bullpen coach
Alfredo Griffin First base coach
Ron Roenicke Third base coach


Home Plate Tim McClelland
First Base Larry Young
Second Base Gary Darling
Third Base Gary Cederstrom
Left Field Mark Carlson
Right Field Bill Welke

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Edgar Rentería Cardinals SS 1 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners RF
2 Jim Edmonds Cardinals CF 2 Alfonso Soriano Yankees 2B
3 Albert Pujols Cardinals LF 3 Carlos Delgado Blue Jays 1B
4 Barry Bonds Giants DH 4 Alex Rodriguez Rangers SS
5 Gary Sheffield Braves RF 5 Garret Anderson Angels LF
6 Todd Helton Rockies 1B 6 Edgar Martínez Mariners DH
7 Scott Rolen Cardinals 3B 7 Hideki Matsui Yankees CF
8 Javy López Braves C 8 Troy Glaus Angels 3B
9 José Vidro Expos 2B 9 Jorge Posada Yankees C
Jason Schmidt Giants P Esteban Loaiza White Sox P

Game summary

Starters Esteban Loaiza and Jason Schmidt were sharp early on, each throwing a scoreless couple of innings to start the game. In the third, Roger Clemens relieved Loaiza and threw a scoreless inning himself. Randy Wolf could not do the same, allowing Carlos Delgado to single home Ichiro Suzuki with the game's first run, and a 1-0 lead for the AL.

The lead would stand until the fifth inning, when Todd Helton gave the NL the lead with a two-run homer off Shigetoshi Hasegawa. The National League would go on to score three more runs that inning, on the strength of a two-run double from Andruw Jones and an RBI single from Albert Pujols, giving the NL a 5-1 lead.

In the sixth, Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer off Woody Williams to bring the AL back within two. Andruw Jones would get one of those runs back the next inning by hitting a solo shot off Mark Mulder. Jason Giambi got the run right back with a solo shot off Billy Wagner in the seventh.

In the eighth came Éric Gagné, who did not blow any saves in the 2003 regular season. The All-Star Game would prove to be the one blemish on his record for the year. Staked to a 6-4 lead, Gagne gave up a one-out double to Garret Anderson, who was replaced by pinch-runner Melvin Mora. Vernon Wells singled Mora home to make it a one-run game. Then Hank Blalock hit a dramatic, two-out go-ahead home run to put the AL up 7-6.

Keith Foulke came in the ninth to try to earn the save. Foulke closed the door and set the side down 1-2-3. Garret Anderson, who batted 3-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI, was awarded the game's MVP honors, a night after winning the 2003 Home Run Derby.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
American League 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 X 7 9 0
WP: Brendan Donnelly (1-0)   LP: Éric Gagné (0-1)   Sv: Keith Foulke (1)
Home runs:
NL: Todd Helton (1), Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Garret Anderson (1), Jason Giambi (1), Hank Blalock (1)

Home Run Derby

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago—A.L. 47, N.L. 39
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Garret Anderson Angels 7 6 9 22
Albert Pujols Cardinals 4 14 8 26
Jason Giambi Yankees 12 11 23
Jim Edmonds Cardinals 4 4 8
Gary Sheffield Braves 4 4
Carlos Delgado Blue Jays 2 2
Richie Sexson Brewers 1 1
Bret Boone Mariners 0 0
Semifinals Finals
1 Jason Giambi 11
4 Albert Pujols 14
4 Albert Pujols 8
2 Garret Anderson 9
2 Garret Anderson 6
3 Jim Edmonds 4


  • For the first time since 1978 (Reds: George Foster) an all-star team had the first three hitters from the same regular season team (Cardinals: Renteria, Edmonds, and Pujols).
  • From 1997-July 1998, Jason Schmidt and Esteban Loaiza were teammates in Pittsburgh.
  • The honorary captains for the game were Hall of Famers Gary Carter (N.L.) and Luis Aparicio (A.L.).
  • This was Eric Gagné's only blown save of 2003, as he went a perfect 55 for 55 in save opportunities in the regular season.
  • This was the first All-Star Game in which one of the managers was not the manager of the team he had taken to the World Series the year before. NL manager Dusty Baker had led the San Francisco Giants to the NL pennant in 2002, but during the offseason had left the Giants to become manager of the Chicago Cubs. Baker, and not his San Francisco replacement, Felipe Alou, still managed the team.

External links

  • All-Star Game Home Page
  • Home Run Derby
  • Boxscore
  • Game Recap
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