The All-Star Game That Didn’t Want To End
Apparently, Yankee Stadium wasn’t ready for anyone to leave after nine innings. So much so, it allowed a Boston Red Sox player — J.D. Drew — to tie the game in with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning. From there, the teams played eight more innings of exhibition baseball until Justin Morneau scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 15 off of a Michael Young sacrifice fly.
The final score: AL – 4, NL – 3.
For the National League, it was their 12th straight loss to the American League, a glowing distinction to be sure. Everything looked like it was going the NL’s way after Matt Holliday opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth. The score was pushed to 2-0 when Lance Berkman sacrificed Hanley Ramirez home. From there, it looked like the National League had the pitching in place to hold the lead; that is, until Drew faced Edison Volquez in the bottom of the seventh.
One Drew two-run homer later, it was extra-innings time (after the next two were completed, of course). Both teams had chances to win during the extra stanzas but it was the American League — again — doing just enough to prolong their All-Star game winning streak and give the American League representative home-field advantage in the World Series, which makes absolute perfect sense considering the All-Star game is indeed an exhibition.
While much is being said about the decisions that had to be made by the managers as they began to use up their allotment of players, the All-Star celebration should also be remembered for Justin Morneau’s heroics as well. While winning the Home Run Derby, he was overshadowed by Josh Hamilton’s ridiculous first round and last night, his 2-4 effort resulted in two runs scored; the difference in the ball game.
Maybe Drew should have shared the MVP award with Morneau. Just a thought.