Major League Baseball All- Star Game. The 2. 00. 8 Major League Baseball All- Star Game was the 7. American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, home of the New York Yankees, on July 1. ET. The game ended at 1: 3. ET the following morning.
The home American League won 4вЂ“3 in 1. World Series to the AL champion, which eventually came to be the Tampa Bay Rays. By length of time, this was the longest MLB All- Star Game in history (4 hours and 5. All- Star Game. Second baseman Dan Uggla of the Florida Marlins committed three errors, an All- Star Game record, none of which resulted in a run.
J. D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox was named Most Valuable Player due to his two- run game- tying home run in the seventh inning. Drew won a Chevrolet Tahoehybrid and the Ted Williams Trophy. It was the second All- Star Game in which the winning run was batted in by the Texas Rangers' Michael Young.
BackgroundAs with each All- Star Game since 1. American League's designated hitter, were elected by fan balloting. The remaining players were selected by a players' vote, each league's team manager, and a second fan balloting to add one more player to each roster. In all, 3. 2 players were selected to each league's team, not including players who decline to play due to injuries or personal reasons. The game was the sixth straight All- Star Game to decide home- field advantage in the World Series, the AL having clinched each of the first five opportunities.
The AL entered the game on an 1. NL continued to look for their first win since the 1.
Game Length Records. The longest baseball game. San Francisco played in New York during a double header and the two teams set the Major League record for most. Longest game in major league history. The longest game, by time, in major league history was played on May 8. The game set a record for elapsed.
Philadelphia, still holding a 4. Venue selectionThe announcement of Yankee Stadium as the site of the game was made by MLB Commissioner. Bud Selig and New York City Mayor. Michael Bloomberg on January 3. New York's City Hall. Though it was the fourth game hosted at the Stadium and the eighth held in New York City, it was the first time since 1. Yankee Stadium). It had been speculated for months that the game would be held in Yankee Stadium, accelerated by the announcement that the 2. Yankee Stadium in 2.
Thus, it was seen as a fitting tribute to the old stadium that it host an All- Star Game in its final season.It was the first All- Star Game to be played in a venue scheduled to close after that season.Related eventsFan ballotingStartersBalloting for the 2. All- Star Game starters (excluding pitchers) began on April 2.
Because the game was in an American League ballpark, fans were asked to select their favorite AL designated hitter in addition to all the position players. The top vote- getters at each position, and top three among outfielders, were named to start the game. Votes were cast online and at the 3. MLB ballparks. Monster was the sponsor of the online portion of balloting. There was a limit of 2.
The deadline to cast votes was July 2. Rosters were announced on July 6.Alex Rodriguez led all players in votes for the second consecutive year with 3,9. Chase Utley led all National League players with 3,8. Final roster spotAfter the rosters were revealed, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the Monster.
All- Star Final Vote to determine the 3. Ballots were cast online between July 6 and 1.
The winners were Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers and Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays. A record 4. 7. 8 million votes were cast in the balloting, shattering the record set the previous year of 2.
Longoria's nine million votes more than doubled the individual record of 4. San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young in 2. Rosters^a Unable to play due to injury. Milton Bradley took his place in the starting lineup.^b Unable to play due to injury. Matt Holliday took his place in the starting lineup. David Wright took his place on the roster.[1.
Won the Monster All- Star Final Vote.^d Unable to play due to injury. Carlos MГЎrmol took his place on the roster.[1. Lincecum was not available to the National League due to flu- like symptoms he suffered earlier in the day.[1.
History of the Game. encouraging Major League Baseball to continue operating during World War II. Also see the longest standing records.
CeremoniesTo commemorate the last all- star game at Yankee Stadium, every living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame was invited to the game. Forty- nine players, coaches, and administrators accepted the invitation. Many of them participated in a pre- game parade that went down Sixth Avenue from Bryant Park to Central Park.
During the pre- game ceremonies, the Hall of Famers were introduced and assumed their playing position on the field. Instead of announcing the league lineups separately and in batting order, as is usually done, both teams' starters were introduced simultaneously by position, and the players stood in position next to the Hall of Fame members on the field.
The colors were presented by the West Point Cadet Color Guard.[1. A recording of O Canada was played,[1. The Star- Spangled Banner" was sung by Sheryl Crow, during which a B- 2 stealth bomber flew over.[1. Four Yankees, all members of the Baseball Hall of Fame - Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and Rich Gossage - threw the ceremonial first pitch, with balls delivered to them by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. During the seventh- inning stretch, Josh Groban sang "God Bless America". UmpiresThe six umpires working the 7.
All- Star game were announced on June 2. The crew was led by Derryl Cousins, a thirty- year MLB veteran working his third All- Star game and his first behind the plate.[1. Starting lineupsCoachesTigers manager Jim Leyland and Yankees manager Joe Girardi were selected as coaches by manager Terry Francona.[1.
The staff also included Brad Mills (bench coach), John Farrell (pitching coach), Dave Magadan (hitting coach), Luis Alicea (first base coach), De. Marlo Hale, (third base coach), and Gary Tuck (bullpen coach). Girardi also caught in the bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings for some of the American League relievers. New York Mets manager Willie Randolph and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black were selected as coaches by manager Clint Hurdle.[1. Randolph was later replaced by Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella after Randolph was fired by the Mets on June 1. Game summaryThe game- time temperature was 8.
Fahrenheit (2. 8 degrees Celsius), with the wind blowing out to center field at 8 miles per hour. Cliff Lee threw the first pitch at 8: 4. EDT. Starting pitchers Lee and Ben Sheets set the tone for the game by each throwing two scoreless innings.[1. The game stayed scoreless until the fifth inning when Matt Holliday led off the inning with a solo home run off Ervin Santana to give the National League a 1- 0 lead.
The NL added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lance Berkman to score Hanley Ram. Гrez. The American League finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two- out, two- run home run by J.
D. Drew off Edinson Volquez, tying the game at 2- 2.[1. In the eighth inning, Miguel Tejada singled, and with one out attempted to steal second base. Catcher Dioner Navarro made a poor throw to get Tejada, and the ball ended up in center field, allowing Tejada to advance to third base on the error.
Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez, and the NL retook the lead.[1. In the bottom half of the inning, after Brian Wilson retired the first two batters, Billy Wagner gave up a single to Grady Sizemore. Sizemore proceeded to steal second base (one of a record six stolen bases by both sides), and pinch- hitter Evan Longoria hit a ground rule double to left field to tie the game once again. With Mariano Rivera in to pitch with one out in the ninth inning for the American League, Rivera struck out Ryan Ludwick and Navarro threw out Cristian Guzm. ГЎn as he attempted to steal second, thus ending the inning. Ryan Dempster struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings.[1.
In the tenth inning for the American League, Michael Young and Carlos Quentin reached base on consecutive errors by Dan Uggla.[1. Carlos Guill. Г©n was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out. With the infield and outfield drawn in, NL pitcher Aaron Cook induced ground balls from Sizemore and Longoria and the potential winning runs in both at bats were forced out at home. Cook successfully escaped the jam by getting Justin Morneau to ground out to Tejada to end the inning. The AL had another chance to win in the eleventh when Young singled with one out in the eleventh and Drew and Navarro on first and second.
Navarro tried scoring from second on the hit, but was thrown out at home by Nate Mc. Louth. Cook got Quentin to ground out to third and keep the game going.[1. The NL then had their chance to score in the twelfth off Joakim Soria, with the bases loaded and one out. Soria struck out Dan Uggla, and was relieved by George Sherrill, who struck out Adrian Gonzalez to end the threat.[1. In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Guill.
Г©n hit a long fly ball that bounced off the left field wall for a double. After advancing to third base after a Grady Sizemore groundout, Cook, pitching his third inning of relief, struck out Longoria. Morneau was intentionally walked, and advanced to second base on defensive indifference.[1. Cook got Ian Kinsler to ground out to end the inning. Sherrill pitched scoreless innings in the 1. Carlos MГЎrmol and Brandon Webb did the same for the NL,[1.
All- Star Game in terms of innings played. At this point, each team was down to their final pitchers, raising concerns of the game finishing in a tie due to lack of pitchers. In the bottom of the 1. Morneau led off with a single off Brad Lidge. A diving play by Ludwick robbed Kinsler of a base hit for the first out.
Navarro then singled to move Morneau to second base, and Drew walked to once again load the bases. This time, the AL would capitalize; Michael Young flew out to right field, and Morneau was able to tag and just beat the throw from Corey Hart to score the winning run for a final score of 4- 3.
Longest game in major league history. The longest game, by time, in major league history was played on May 8 and 9, 1. Chicago. The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox played seventeen innings on May 8 before the game was suspended with the score 3- 3. The next day, the game was resumed before the regularly scheduled game. In the 2. 1st inning, it appeared the Brewers would win after Ben Oglivie hit a three run homer.
The White Sox answered with three runs of their own, two of them on a Tom Paciorek single. The game continued into the 2. In the home half of the 2. White Sox outfielder Harold Baines homered on the 7. The homer gave the Sox a 7- 6 win. It also set the record for the latest in a game a player has slugged a home run. Carlton Fisk also set a record by catching all 2.
Also notable, Tom Seaver won the game in relief for the Sox then started the regular game and threw another 8 1/3 innings to get two of his 3. The game set a record for elapsed time, a total of 8 hours, 6 minutes. It was not the longest game for innings, as that was the famous 1- 1 tie in which Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger matched zeroes for 2.