2002 All-Star Game

The 2002 All-Star Game will always be remembered for all of the wrong reasons. It started out as one of the most celebrated, but ended unexpectedly as one of the most disappointing. Baseball had fallen on hard times as alleged steroid abuse and an impending strike over revenue sharing threatened to distance even more fans from the game. Even worse, baseball had lost one of its greatest players the week before as Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams died at the age of 83.

The opening ceremonies were spectacular as baseball highlighted thirty of its greatest moments and featured several of its greatest living participants. Never before had such an elite gathering of new and old talent been brought together on the same field at the same time. Legends of the game including Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays shared the spotlight with future Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken, Jr. and Barry Bonds. The stage was set for a wonderful exhibition as baseball's best took the field.

The game itself had everything, great pitching, excellent fielding, powerful hitting and phenomenal response from the fans. However it finished amid a sea of boos in a 7-7 tie after eleven innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. American League manager Joe Torre and National League skipper Bob Brenly had used all nineteen hurlers in an effort to get everyone in the game. Their efforts to be accommodating would backfire and set a precedent for future changes. Even with all of the controversy, the 2002 Midsummer Classic offered some great moments.

With two outs in the first, Barry Bonds launched a long drive to deep right-center field. Torii Hunter glided into the gap, timed his leap and reached far over the fence (his elbow was well above the eight-foot wall) to pull the ball back into the park. Bonds, who had five-hundred ninety-four career home runs, and the fans could hardly believe that he'd been robbed of another shot. As Hunter came jogging off the field, Bonds playfully intercepted the Gold Glove winner in the middle of the field, hoisted the Twins star with two hands and put him over his shoulder.

Lance Berkman, leading the majors with twenty-nine home runs and eighty-one runs batted in, hit a two-out, two-run single off Kazuhiro Sasaki in the seventh inning that rallied the National League to a 7-6 lead. The Houston outfielder delivered after Byung-Hyun Kim blew a lead in the top half. But Omar Vizquel, making a rare appearance at second base because the American League had five shortstops on its roster, made it seven-all with a RBI triple in the eighth off Giants closer Robb Nen.

Then it happened. After two extra innings the game was called at a tie. Commissioner Bud Selig was left with little options and made the ultimate decision to call the game. It was the first tie in All-Star play since a game in 1961 was stopped by rain. Even worse, there was no Most Valuable Player picked. Bad timing, too, since the trophy was renamed to honor Ted Williams, the Hall of Famer who died July 5. While the sport's most memorable moments were shown earlier on the board, baseball also paused to remember St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile and Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck. Kile's No. 57 jersey hung in the National League dugout and Buck's widow was in attendance.

The end result left intact the American League's five-game winning streak. The National League led the overall series 40-31 and now had two ties. The game took three hours twenty-nine minutes. Five other All-Star games had lasted longer than eleven innings, the most recent being the National League's 2-0 win in thirteen innings in 1987. Commissioner Bud Selig stated that, "This will never happen again."

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Game Number
73
Date / Box Score
Location
Miller Park
Attendance ( Rank )
41,871
No Award Issued To Any Player
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2002 All Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
American 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 7 12 0
National 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 13 0
Derek Lowe
Roy Halladay (3rd)
Mark Buehrle (4th)
Barry Zito (6th)
Eddie Guardado (6th)
Kazuhiro Sasaki (7th)
Ugueth Urbina (8th)
Mariano Rivera (9th)
Freddy Garcia (10th)
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Curt Schilling
Mike Williams (3rd)
Odalis Perez (4th)
Eric Gagne (5th)
Trevor Hoffman (6th)
Mike Remlinger (7th)
Byung-Hyun Kim (7th)
Robb Nen (8th)
John Smoltz (9th)
Vicente Padilla (10th)
Alfonso Soriano (5th) Barry Bonds (3rd)

2002 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Garret Anderson Anaheim Angels OF
Tony Batista Baltimore Orioles 3B
Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox SP
Johnny Damon Boston Red Sox OF The 30th Man
Robert Fick Detroit Tigers OF
Freddy Garcia Seattle Mariners SP
NomarGarciaparra Boston Red Sox SS
4. Jason Giambi New York Yankees 1B
Eddie Guardado Minnesota Twins RP
Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays SP
2. Shea Hillenbrand Boston Red Sox 3B
7. Torii Hunter Minnesota Twins OF
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS
Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 1B
9. Derek Lowe Boston Red Sox SP Starting Pitcher
Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox SP Replaced - Injury
A.J. Pierzynski Minnesota Twins C
6. Jorge Posada New York Yankees C
5. Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox OF
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees RP
3. Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers SS
Kazuhiro Sasaki Seattle Mariners RP
8. Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 2B
1. Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners OF
Mike Sweeney Kansas City Royals 1B
Miguel Tejada Oakland Athletics SS
Ugueth Urbina Boston Red Sox RP ReplacedMartinez
Robin Ventura New York Yankees 3B
Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians SS
Randy Winn TampaBayDevilRays OF
Barry Zito Oakland Athletics SP
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

2002 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Lance Berkman Houston Astros OF
3. Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants OF
Luis Castillo Florida Marlins 2B
Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds OF
Eric Gagne Los Angeles Dodgers RP
Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves SP Replaced - Injury
Luis Gonzalez Arizona Diamondbacks OF
Shawn Green Los Angeles Dodgers OF
5. VladimirGuerrero Montreal Expos OF
2. Todd Helton Colorado Rockies 1B
Jose Hernandez Milwaukee Brewers SS
Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres RP
Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks SP Replaced - Injury
Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves OF The 30th Man
Byung-Hyun Kim Arizona Diamondbacks RP
Mike Lowell Florida Marlins 3B
Damian Miller Arizona Diamondbacks C
Matt Morris St. Louis Cardinals SP Replaced - Injury
Robb Nen San Francisco Giants RP Replaced Morris
Vicente Padilla Philadelphia Phillies SP Replaced Glavine
Odalis Perez Los Angeles Dodgers SP
6. Mike Piazza New York Mets C
Mike Remlinger Atlanta Braves RP ReplacedJohnson
7. Scott Rolen Philadelphia Phillies 3B
8. Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies SS
Benito Santiago San Francisco Giants C
9. Curt Schilling ArizonaDiamondbacks SP Starting Pitcher
Richie Sexson Milwaukee Brewers 1B
John Smoltz Atlanta Braves RP
4. Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs OF
Junior Spivey Arizona Diamondbacks 2B
1. Jose Vidro Montreal Expos 2B
Mike Williams Pittsburgh Pirates RP

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

Audio Moment: Torii Hunter Catch
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Continental Airlines sponsored a new contest in 2002 called the 30th Man, where fans were solely responsible for selecting a final player they believed to be deserving of the All-Star status. In the American League the top five were Johnny Damon (692,989), Jim Thome (666,825), Eric Chavez (266,110), Magglio Ordonez (179,951) and Darin Erstad (122,458). In the National League the top five were Andruw Jones (559,752), Brian Giles (488,725), Larry Walker (297,174), Albert Pujols (267,196) and Ryan Klesko (138,824).

During the postgame interview Paul Konerko , who tied the All-Star Game record for doubles with two, said of his accomplishment, "Somehow I don't think this game will be remembered for that. Except maybe by me."

The 73rd Midsummer Classic was the first played in Miller Park, the second to end in a tie, the tenth to go into extra innings (nine of which were won by the National League making them 9-0-1 to date), and the first to use sixty players.

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