Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Selig calls All-Star Game a tie


Commissioner ends it after 11 innings
when pitchers run out


By John Fay jfay@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILWAUKEE — Baseball had a nice night going for itself — until 12:32 a.m. EDT, when it was announced that if a run wasn't scored in the bottom of the 11th inning, the 73rd All-Star Game would end in a 7-7 tie.

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Commissioner Bud Selig throws up his hands as he talks with umpires before calling the game.
(AP photos)
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        Boos rained down hard and heavy from the 41,871 fans at Miller Park and turned into chants of “Let them play! Let them play!”

        But three minutes later, it was over. A tie. Another black eye for baseball.

        The reason for calling the game was obvious. The two pitchers, Seattle's Freddy Garcia of the AL and Philadelphia's Vicente Padilla of the NL, had worked two innings, and there were no pitchers left.

        When it ended on a called strike to Benito Santiago, the boos returned and some fans in the outfield threw trash on the field.

        “I want to apologize to the fans,” Selig said. “In the middle of the inning, (managers) Joe Torre and Bob Brenly came to me and said they were out of players.

        “In our wildest dreams, we wouldn't think it would end in a tie. My only choice, considering the health of the players, was to declare a tie.”

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An angry fan shows his dissatisfaction.
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        Besides having no winner, the 2002 All-Star Game had no Most Valuable Player.

        The score went back and forth all night. The NL led 4-0, fell behind 6-5, went up 7-6 and lost the lead again in the eighth.

        The Reds' representative, Adam Dunn, entered the game in the seventh to play left field. Dunn walked in his first All-Star at-bat and nearly won the game in the 10th with a drive to center that was caught on the warning track.

        It was the 10th extra-inning game in All-Star history, and the first tie since 1961. That game was called because of rain after nine innings.

        The pregame show can steal the show at most All-Star games. That happened in 1999 when current stars gathered around Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams, who died last week.

        This year's show, with its Memorable Moments theme, didn't do that. But it was a stirring reminder why the game holds such a special place in the hearts of many Americans.

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Managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly, along with Selig, express their disappointment after the game.
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        Willie Mays came out on the field after his great catch in the 1954 World Series was shown. Jackie Robinson's grandson, Jesse Simms, took the field in a vintage Dodgers uniform. And the crowd went absolutely nuts when home run king Hank Aaron, who got his start in Milwaukee, was introduced.

        There were also tributes to late St.Louis Cardinals announcer Jack Buck and pitcher Darryl Kile. Williams' No.9 was painted onto the grass in left field. The game's MVP award was renamed in his honor.

        “The emotions of the last two nights that this game has brought out in the fans,” NL starting pitcher Curt Schilling said, “I can't tell you what it feels like to be a part of that. ... It's pretty special.”

        The baseball was pretty good, too.

        They finally got around to the game at 9:06 p.m. EDT. Less than 10 minutes later, Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter provided the first highlight.

        Hunter reached his glove 2 feet above the right-center-field wall to take away a home run from Bonds and end the first inning.

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Twins OF Torii Hunter robs Barry Bonds of a first-inning home run.
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        “It was amazing,” AL starting pitcher Derek Lowe said. “I've never pitched here, so I had no idea if it was in the park, out of the park. He made a fantastic play.”

        Schilling, the Arizona Diamondbacks' right-hander, was in his World Series form, throwing two innings of one-hit ball for the NL.

        “It was everything I had for two innings,” Schilling said. “I threw the ball as hard as I could throw the ball for two innings.”

        The NL took a 1-0 lead in the second. Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa started the inning with a single over the mound and Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero followed a single to left. Sosa tried for third base, but he was out by 5 feet.

        Guerrero ended up at second base and went to third on Lowe's balk. New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza got Guerrero home with a groundout to second.

        The NL added three runs in the third off Toronto's Roy Halladay.

        Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins led off with a single, moved up on a groundout and scored on Todd Helton's single.

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Barry Bonds gives Torii Hunter a playful lift after Hunter robbed him of a home run.
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        That brought up Bonds, who got ahead 3-0 in the count. Hallaway's first strike went out a lot faster than it came in. Bonds hit a bolt to right for a two-run homer, making it 4-0.

        The AL made it 4-1 in the fourth on Manny Ramirez's RBI single. New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano added another run for the AL with a home run off Dodgers closer Eric Gagne in the fifth.

        The NL made it 5-2 in the fifth. Rollins scored all the way from first on Arizona catcher Damian Miller's double off the wall in left-center.

        The AL took the lead in the seventh with four runs. The first run came thanks to Boston outfielder Johnny Damon's speed. Damon beat out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a flyout and scored on a groundout. After Arizona reliever Byung-Hyun Kim gave up two singles, ex-Red Paul Konerko hit a two-run double.

        The NL answered with Lance Berkman's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 lead.

        Omar Vizquel's RBI in the eighth made it 7-7. Forever.



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