A true Midsummer Classic

This was easily the best All-Star Game I’ve ever seen.

The pressroom will probably disagree, but this was the definition of a classic. In Yankee Stadium’s last season, four hours after the living Hall of Famers graced the field, the American League and National League played deep into the early morning.

There’s too much to even recall, but consider:

There was more than one player thrown out from the outfield, including the potential game-winning run in the 11th inning.

There was more than one player thrown out trying to steal second base.

There was more than one out call that appeared safe on the replay.

There was more than one force out at home in extra innings.

There was more than one time when the potential winning run was on third base with less than two outs in extra innings.

There was more than one Dan Uggla error in the same inning.

There was more than one Dan Uggla potential game-winning at-bat that ended with a strikeout or double play.

There was more than one jam escaped by Rockies starter and All-Star reliever Aaron Cook.

And there was much, much more.

Unbelievable. This is one that will be talked about for the ages.

And it’s only right. I get sick when I think about the fact that the grass and dirt that the Babe and DiMaggio and Gehrig played on will be torn away in a few months. 

But this was as proper a send-off as any true baseball fan could ever ask for. It was as if the Stadium just wasn’t ready to let go.

What a game.

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Filed under All-Star Game, Designated Hitter, Major League Baseball, Sports, Sports columns, The Sanford Herald

2 responses to “A true Midsummer Classic

  1. Mike

    As usual, you hit the nail on the head here. This was the best All Star Game I can remember and I have watched every one since the mid 80’s. It was great baseball, bad baseball, and dramatic baseball all rolled into one game. The only thing missing was the squeeze play that should have been called before Dan Uggla dribbled into the double play with 1 out and runners on first and third.

  2. designatedhitter

    So right on the squeeze call. Uggla coulda been a hero. Instead…

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