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Live Blogging the All-Star Game

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners) RF
Derek Jeter (Yankees) SS
Josh Hamilton (Rangers) CF
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) 3B
Manny Ramirez (Red Sox) LF
Milton Bradley (Rangers) DH
Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) 1B
Joe Mauer (Twins) C
Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) 2B
Cliff Lee (Indians) RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) SS
Chase Utley (Phillies) 2B
Lance Berkman (Astros) 1B
Albert Pujols (Cardinals) DH
Chipper Jones (Braves) 3B
Matt Holliday (Rockies) RF
Ryan Braun (Brewers) LF
Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) CF
Geovany Soto (Cubs) C
Ben Sheets (Brewers) RHP

8:09 p.m.: The Hall of Famers, nearly of them, walked out from the bullpen to their positions on the field. Very cool scene in the stadium as the flashes pop.

8:14 p.m.: Each Hall of Famer is being introduced by position then joined by the 2008 stars. Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage received huge cheers from the crowd.

8:17 p.m.: Wade Boggs’ hair looks great.

8:18 p.m.: I’m sitting out in the loge in right field, where the auxiliary press box is. The New York papers each got two seats in the main box and my paper has, I think, seven people here. So we took turns. I was in the main yesterday.

Kind of cool being out here, you get a real sense of the event plus it’s a good seat. I’m out here with columnist Rick Carpiniello and hard-working Brian Heyman.

8:22 p.m.: Willie Mays has received the biggest cheer so far. He’s the greatest living player.

8:23 p.m.: The people love them some Reggie Jackson.

8:25 p.m.: The great Lawrence Peter Berra just got introduced. The crowd is chanting “Yogi.” Good for him.

8:28 p.m.: People booed “Oh Canada.” What did the Canadians do?

8:30: Sheryl Crow has it going on. Bad job by Lance Armstrong. Whatever Olson twin he’s with isn’t half as hot.

8:36 p.m.: George Steinbrenner, riding a golf cart, delivered the ball for the first pitch. Then Reggie Jackson, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage and Yogi Berra threw first pitches to Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera.

Pretty great moment if you’re a Yankees fan. Steinbrenner was crying as he rode in.

8:50 p.m.: Big swing and a miss for the Bleacher Creatures. The “roll call” consisted only of Jeter and A-Rod. Then they chanted:

“Bobby Murcer”

“Box seats suck”

“Boston sucks”

Very creative. So instead of welcoming the other All-Stars to New York and taking the high road, they acted like the dopes most of the country takes them to be. It would have been a neat thing to see them rise above being petty. But that is too much to ask.

With the exception of Papelbon, everybody with the Red Sox (especially Francona) have been nothing but respectful to the Yankees all week. It’s so ridiculous.

8:56 p.m.: Derek Jeter, of course, gets a hit.

8:59 p.m.: And A-Rod fouls out with a runner on second. The All-Star Game, it’s just like the season!

9:18 p.m.: The Midsummer Classic is being dominated by the pitchers so far. Ben Sheets should look for a place to live while he’s here.

9:34 p.m.: And Jeter grounds into a double play. Once again, the All-Star Game is just like the regular season!

But in a cool aside, Bob Sheppard taped a “now batting for the American League, No. 2, Derek Jeter. No. 2.”

Shame Mr. Sheppard isn’t here.

9:42 p.m.: Ichiro may not be the best player in baseball. But he is clearly the coolest. Great arm, too. Great story here on Ichiro by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

9:55 p.m.: Matt Holliday gives the NL a 1-0 lead with a homer to right. Trade Kennedy! Trade Hughes! Get him here!

Meanwhile, Terry Francona took Alex Rodriguez out of the game in the middle of the inning in an apparent attempt to get him an ovation and nobody cheered. I don’t think people got it.

9:58 p.m.: It’s nearly 10 p.m. and we’re in the fifth inning. Fox Sports, ruining baseball for generations to come.

10:30 p.m.: Sorry for the lull, had to go interview A-Rod before he left.

“That was a special moment,” he said of the pre-game ceremonies. “New York really knows how to do it right. I was just looking around at everybody.”

Alex also said that he appreciated Terry Francona taking him out of the game in the middle of the inning so he could get some recognition from the fans.

“Tremendously classy move and I appreciate that,” he said. “He has been great to us all week.”

10:37 p.m.: Nice moment here for Joe Nathan, the pride of Middletown, N.Y.

10:39 p.m.: Jonthan Papelbum warming up. This should be quite a reception when he comes in. It would be great if he gives up like seven runs.

Meanwhile, who closes for the AL is looking like a moot point.

10:54 p.m.: Not so fast, J.D. Drew just drilled a two-run home run to tie it up. Jeter, who has stayed in the dugout since coming out, cheered for the Boston right fielder as the ball sailed over the fence. I guess he didn’t get the memo about hating Boston no matter what.

10:56 p.m.: Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

10:58 p.m.: Drew is the 15th player in history to go yard in his first ASG at-bat. Meanwhile Papelbon is giving the NL hitters his trademark scary look.

11:03 p.m.: That’s right, Jonathan, you deserved to close.

11:09 p.m. Now the baseball gods have to figure out a way to give the AL the lead so Rivera can get the save. Although it would be amusing for Papelbon to have to answer questions for the next two months about how he might have cost his team home field advantage in the Series.

11:10 p.m.: Now warming up for the AL, No. 42.

11:24 p.m.: Billy Wagner has allowed four runs in four All-Star innings in his career. He should not allowed to use Enter Sandman.

11:27 p.m.: Here comes Rivera. He gets two outs, AL scores, everybody goes home happy.

11:28 p.m.: The six SBs tonight are an All-Star game record.

Meanwhile, I should have mentioned this before but I foolishly assumed Fox would have. But there was an announcement after the second inning about Bobby Murcer. It wasn’t a moment of silence, just sort of an annoucement. I’m sure the Yankees will do something better on Friday. They should, anyway.

11:32 p.m.: Take notes, Papelbon. That’s how you pitch in a tight spot. Rivera fans Ludwick, Navarro guns down the runner. We go to the bottom of the ninth.

Interestingly, A-Rod is long gone and Jeter has stayed in the dugout since he came out of the game.

11:35 p.m.: Rivera in All-Star Games:

7 games, 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Now we’ll see if he can get the win. I would think you can leave him in there for another inning if the game goes extras.

11:45 p.m.: Mo stays in. Clearly that crafy Francona is wearing him out for Friday.

11:47 p.m.: Mo is dealing. The AL has a few guys left (Sherrill, Soria) while the NL could go with Aaron Cook for a bit. They also have Lidge to close.

11:49 p.m.: Nice battle there by Russell Martin. Must be all that good coaching from Joe Torre, Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa.

11:53 p.m.: Mo works his way out of a jam. He did his job. Now somebody needs to hit one out and send everybody home.

11:56 p.m.: Joe Girardi caught Mo in the bullpen when he warmed up, by the way. Then he benched 300 pounds 25 times and ran a four-minute mile.

11:57 p.m.: Dan Uggla, ladies and gentlemen, All-Star second baseman.

11:58 p.m.: Poor Aaron Cook. Gets two grounders and he could get the loss.

12:04 a.m.: That’s some kind of pitching by Aaron Cook.

12:08 a.m.: The AL is 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Girardi must have held a team meeting before the game.

12:10 a.m.: This is now officially tedious. All the starters are long gone. We’re reduced to guys who made the team to represent their teams.

12:15 a.m.: Scott Kazmir supposedly told Francona he didn’t want to pitch. The TB people communicated the same thing. If that’s the case, Mike Mussina should be here. Or somebody else. What if the game goes longer? Tell Soria and Sherrill, two closers, just to keep chucking?

Having this game count for anything is lunacy.

12:18 a.m.: Bud Selig is working the phone, trying to get Brett Gardner, Justin Christian, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras to rush to the Stadium. Two of them will play for the NL and two for the AL.

The plan is for Brett to lean into a pitch in the 14th, steal second and third then will himself invisible and steal home.

It’s not beyond Joba Chamberlain to show up and try to play. I know he’s still in town.

12:22 a.m.: This is brutal. Just end it.

12:23 a.m.: Textbook baseball there by McLouth and Martin. Great throw and a great set-up at the plate to block it and make the tag.

12:25 a.m.: Willie Mays will pinch hit for the NL. Hank Aaron is on deck.

12:29 a.m.: The NL using some good small ball here.

12:35 a.m.: A bit of an issue is brewing. Kazmir is now the only AL pitcher left. He doesn’t want to pitch. But how much can you reasonably expect Sherrill to pitch? This inning and one more. Then what?

Then you will have Francona having to use a pitcher from the team in second place behind Boston. What a mess. At least all the Yankees are free and clear now.

This is closing in on being a nightmare for Bud.

12:38 a.m.: Deciding to live blog the All-Star Game is now on par with deciding to drink all that tequila that one night sophomore year.

12:40 a.m.: You have to sort of admire Clint Hurdle burning out his own pitcher.

12:43 a.m.: Gary Carter has asked to manage the NL team the rest of the way. He’s being hauled away by security.

12:45 a.m.: The press room has taken on the atmosphere of a hostage situation. Peter Gammons is banging on the wall with a tin cup.

12:53 a.m.: They just got Billy Wagner to come out and talk to us. He said he would be willing to go back in and pitch if the rules allowed it. Well, that would end it at least.

Meanwhile (true story) he’s going to the White House tomorrow to meet with the president, who has invited a handful of baseball people over for dinner. Hey, it’s not like we’re at war and gas costs nearly $5 a gallon. Let’s talk baseball!

12:59 a.m.: The press room inmates have now divided up into gangs. I’m with the Crips. We’ll be fighting the Bloods any minute now.

1:01 a.m.: Dan Uggla could be the first player DFA’d during an All-Star Game.

1:03 a.m.: Just looked out in the stands. There are very few people left.

This is a terrific game, if you look at it as a game. But all of these guys figured they’d be on their way home by now. Plus baseball has assured itself of the All-Star Game not making any morning papers in the eastern time zone. The TV ratings also will go in the tank.

1:10 a.m.: This is now the longest All-Star Game (by time) in history. The old record was three hours and 41 minutes in 1967. This game has gone on 11 hours, more or less.

1:11 a.m.: Brandon Webb is coming in, which doesn’t bode well for a sudden ending. Meanwhile my scorebook only has 16 innings.

1:13 a.m.: Jeter is signing autographs for fans behind the dugout. A-Rod just landed in Miami with Cyndi Lauper and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves.

1:18 a.m.: You figure Dan Uggla hits one out? Scott Kazmir will give it up. He was mentally prepared not to pitch.

1:23 a.m.: Scott Kazmir does his job. Meanwhile Dioner Navarro is doing some serious work behind the plate.

Oh, the 33 strikeouts tonight are a record.

1:27 a.m.: Brad Lidge coming in to pitch. Brian McCann coming in to catch. I think the AL has used everybody.

Meanwhile the 40/40 Club is losing a lot of business.

1:29 a.m.: They dropped a few cases of water in the press room and people swarmed like they were gold bars.

1:33 a.m.: For God’s sake, J.D. Drew. Get a hit.

1:36 a.m.: Bud Selig is walking around the stands looking for volunteers to play. He’s being pelted with the free seat cushions they handed out.

The new Stadium just got finished, by the way. They’re playing the 17th inning there.

1:37 a.m.: Woo woo! The game is over. Home field advantage for the AL and it only took four hours and 50 minutes.

That play was way too close.

Thanks for reading everybody. Go to bed, I’m done blogging unless Jeter and Mo get into a knife fight in the clubhouse.

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