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July 16th, 2008, 01:41 AM
Stars Shine Late Night With Yankee Stadium Thriller, J.D. Drew Named MVP


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NEW YORK -- Baseball's All-Stars came to say goodbye to Yankee Stadium -- and what a long, long goodbye it was.

In a game that started Tuesday night and faded well into Wednesday, Justin Morneau (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7063) slid home just in time on Michael Young (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6613)'s sacrifice fly in the 15th inning, giving the American League a 4-3 victory that extended its unbeaten streak to 12.

Young ended a 4-hour, 50-minute marathon at 1:37 a.m., with the grand old ballpark half-empty. It was a good thing, too -- neither team had any pitchers left in the bullpen, but this one was not going to end in another tie.

The NL was given a pregame pep talk by Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, whose motto is: "Let's play two!" And they nearly did, matching the longest All-Star Game ever.

Morneau started the winning rally with a leadoff single against loser Brad Lidge (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6913), and Ian Kinsler (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7490) hit a low liner to left that Ryan Ludwick (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6862) caught with a dive. After Dioner Navarro (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7276) singled, J.D. Drew (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6117) walked to load the bases.

Young lofted a fly to right and Corey Hart (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7336)'s throw home took two bounces and was slightly to the first-base side of the plate. Catcher Brian McCann (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7569) gloved the ball and tried a sweep tag, but Young sneaked his right foot in, barely ahead of the tag. Plate umpire Derryl Cousins made the safe call, and the AL players left in the dugout rushed out to celebrate.

The AL improved to 6-0 since the All-Star Game began determining homefield advantage in the World Series. And it even ended an old hex -- it had been 0-9-1 in extra innings against its older rival.

Young got the winning hit off Trevor Hoffman (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4975) in the 2006 All-Star Game at Pittsburgh, and it gave the win to Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7292), the 12th AL pitcher.

Drew was picked as the MVP, with his two-run homer in the seventh made it 2-all. Being from Boston, he was booed when presented with his trophy.

"One of those undescribable events," Drew said. "To be voted in by the players and to be in this position is really an honor."

The only other AL player with an All-Star ending RBI was Red Sox great Ted Williams, who hit a three-run, ninth-inning homer in 1941.

This game tied the NL's 2-1, 15-inning victory in 1967 at Anaheim. It made the AL 10-0-1 since its 1996 loss in Philadelphia and narrowed its overall deficit to 40-37-2.

And this one had nearly everything a fan could ask for -- a Yankees fan, that is.

The pinstriped crowd got to boo Boston's Jonathan Papelbon (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7614) and the Mets' Billy Wagner (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5536). The fans showed their love for Mariano Rivera (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5400) and Derek Jeter (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5406).

Matt Holliday (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7311) and Drew hit home runs. Houston shortstop Miguel Tejada (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5888) made a great, falling throw on a slow grounder to deny the AL a win in the 10th after a pair of ugly errors by Dan Uggla (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7692), who made a record three botches in all.

The AL stranded the potential winning run at third base in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings. Uggla twice stranded what would have been the go-ahead run on third.

July 16th, 2008, 09:42 AM
The Stadium delivers again.

July 16th, 2008, 11:05 AM
^Yes, great game, I'm exhausted. The stadium was the real MVP.

One more WS would be the Grand Finale.

July 16th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Somehow, I don't think you'll get your wish ...

July 16th, 2008, 02:43 PM
So noted. It doesn't seem likely, but crazier things have happened. Look at Colorado last year.

July 16th, 2008, 06:30 PM
It really was a great night ... the kind of night you can only have at Yankee Stadium. I didn't think I would get into the pre-game ceremony but it was fantastic. Introducing the position players by position with the Hall of Famers was a stroke of genius in my opinion.

One thing though. Steinbrenner looks like he had a stroke. I don't remember reading about him being ill. It was kind of sad, yet poignant to see him in that condition.

I thought Joe Buck was very gracious in his expression of reverence toward the stadium, the franchise, Steinbrenner, and Bobby Mercer.

July 17th, 2008, 03:18 AM
Instant classic or flawed system? I'd go with the former.

Proper send-off if another World Series does not make it back there. Regulation was halfway decent but the extras were what made it a night.

I found myself rooting for the NL in the bottom half of the last few innings just because I didn't want the game to end.

July 17th, 2008, 06:55 AM
Two negative observations on the game itself:

EXCEPTIONALLY BAD UMPIRING: Impossible to ignore. That crew - which was supposedly drawn from the best - embarrassed themselves throughout the game, by repeatedly making bad calls that replays confirmed were bad.

Courtesy ESPN

Perhaps if calls were properly made, there might not have been extra innings.

UGGLY PLAY OF UGGLA: And what about that supposed All-Star Dan "I had a blast" Uggla - with three errors and three strikeouts ... All-Star records which no one should be proud of recalling.

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July 17th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Besides Uggla's unfortunate record setting errors, the game was filled with some amazing defensive plays.

July 17th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Heard TV ratings were up from last year's.

ARod as usual, acts like a moron and leaves early while Jetes not only stays around until the end but stays in the dugout all that time, too.

July 18th, 2008, 10:40 AM
Evidently, ARod had somewhere more important to go ... :rolleyes: