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."

"Nobody wanted to play more than I did, but I have to balance the concerns and hopes of the fans against the welfare of the players and the game. And every so often you get caught in a really difficult and sensitive situation. This is why they have a commissioner, because somebody has to make those decisions." - Commissioner Bud Selig
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Game Number

73

Date / Box Score

Location

Miller Park

Attendance ( Rank )

41,871

No Award Issued To Any Player

National Anthem

Anastacia

1st Pitch

From

To

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

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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)
-

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)

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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

Nomar Garciaparra

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

Replaced Martinez

Robin Ventura

New York Yankees

3B

Omar Vizquel

Cleveland Indians

SS

Randy Winn

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

OF

Barry Zito

Oakland Athletics

SP

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

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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.

Vladimir Guerrero

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

Replaced Johnson

7.

Scott Rolen

Philadelphia Phillies

3B

8.

Jimmy Rollins

Philadelphia Phillies

SS

Benito Santiago

San Francisco Giants

C

9.

Curt Schilling

Arizona Diamondbacks

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).


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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