2003 All-Star Game

After another first-half season of "un-fan-friendly" baseball including controversies over corked bats, the lingering threat of team contractions and accusations of unfair trade practices, Major League Baseball's marketing division attempted to restore the fan's faith in the game and make amends for the 2002 debacle that had ended in a 7-7 tie after both leagues ran out of available pitchers. To add more meaning to the fledgling exhibition, the 2003 Midsummer Classic slogan read "This Time It Counts" and for the first time in professional baseball history, home-field advantage in the World Series would be granted to the winner. The enticing proposal proved to be more than just a marketing ploy as the last team to overcome the "home-field curse" was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had beaten the odds (and the Baltimore Orioles) while away in 1979.

As both teams took to the diamond at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, many fans were anxious to see the novel concept in action. Managers Dusty Baker and Mike Scioscia, both agreed that more strategy would be required than in previous contests and that a conservative approach to the bench was an absolute necessity. No longer would the integrity of the game be compromised by a skipper's unwritten obligation to "get everyone in" and come October 18 th (Game 1 of the 2003 World Series) fans everywhere would see exactly how much it meant.

The first half of the game resembled more of a pitcher's clinic as the men on the mound clearly dominated the game's best hitters. National League starter Jason Schmidt defined pitch efficiency in the first inning after retiring Ichiro Suzuki, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Delgado with five quick pitches en route to a two-shutout-inning effort. The American League's aces responded as well and the game remained 0-0 thanks to some clutch fielding by their teammates. The first defensive highlight of the night came in the top of the second, when American League first baseman Delgado extended over the wall into the photographers' section (foul territory) to snag a Gary Sheffield popup. Later in the top of the fourth, American League right fielder Suzuki ran and leapt at the warning track (ala Willie Mays) to snatch a screaming line drive by Albert Pujols.

Finally, the American League managed to break through the scoreless stalemate with a Delgado single (for the 1-0 advantage) in the third, but the National League answered back with a run-scoring rally of their own and looked to be comfortable heading into the eighth with a 6-4 lead. Things quickly became uncomfortable though as Dodgers closer Eric Gagne surrendered a one-out double to Garret Anderson, who was removed for pinch-runner Melvin Mora, who scored on a double by Vernon Wells to make it 6-5. Then, unlikely hero Hank Blalock stepped up to the plate and hit the first pinch-hit homer in an All-Star Game since 1995 to seal the National's fate (7-6) and home-field advantage for his American League brothers.

One night after winning the Home Run Derby, the man who had set the American League comeback finale in motion, Garret Anderson, was named the games Most Valuable Player (Ted Williams Award). Anderson came just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle after going three-for-four with a home run and two runs batted in. It was the first time that a Derby winner had homered in the All-Star Game since Frank Thomas accomplished the feat at The Ballpark in Arlington in 1995. In the end, the American League extended its unbeaten streak in the Midsummer Classic to seven and looked forward to the Fall Classic, which would start (and possibly finish) in their own home.

"People are waking up and seeing Garret's (Anderson) talent. He's one of the top five hitters in the game and a lot of people don't see it. He's not comfortable with it, but whether he likes it or not, a lot more people are going to know about him now." - American League and Angels manager Mike Scioscia
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2002 | 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game | 2004

Game Number

74

Date / Box Score

Location

U.S. Cellular Field

Attendance ( Rank )

47,609

Stars & Stripes Forever

U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

O' Canada

The Star Spangled Banner

God Bless America

1 st Pitch

From

To

Undetermined

Undetermined

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

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Line Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

National

0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 1

American

0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 x 7 9 0

Jason Schmidt
Randy Wolf (3rd)
Kerry Wood (4th)
Russ Ortiz (5th)
Woody Williams (6th)
Billy Wagner (H, 7th)
Eric Gagne (BS/L, 8th)
-

Esteban Loaiza
Roger Clemens (3rd)
Jamie Moyer (4th)
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (5th)
Eddie Guardado (5th)
Mark Mulder (6th)
Brendan Donnelly (W, 8th)
Keith Foulke (S, 9th)

Todd Helton (5th)
Andruw Jones (7th)
-

Garrett Anderson (6th)
Jason Giambi (7th)
Hank Blalock (8th)

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National League All-Star Squad

Armando Benitez

New York Mets

RP

4.

Barry Bonds

San Francisco Giants

OF

Aaron Boone

Cincinnati Reds

3B

Kevin Brown

Los Angeles Dodgers

P

Replaced - Injury

Luis Castillo

Florida Marlins

2B

Replaced Giles

Shawn Chacon

Colorado Rockies

P

Replaced - Injury

2.

Jim Edmonds

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Rafael Furcal

Atlanta Braves

SS

Eric Gagne

Los Angeles Dodgers

RP

Marcus Giles

Atlanta Braves

2B

Replaced - Injury

Luis Gonzalez

Arizona Diamondbacks

OF

6.

Todd Helton

Colorado Rockies

1B

Geoff Jenkins

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

eTopps Final Player

Andruw Jones

Atlanta Braves

OF

Paul Lo Duca

Los Angeles Dodgers

C

8.

Javy Lopez

Atlanta Braves

C

Mike Lowell

Florida Marlins

3B

Russ Ortiz

Atlanta Braves

P

Mark Prior

Chicago Cubs

P

3.

Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

1.

Edgar Renteria

St. Louis Cardinals

SS

7.

Scott Rolen

St. Louis Cardinals

3B

Jason Schmidt

San Francisco Giants

P

Starting Pitcher

Richie Sexson

Milwaukee Brewers

1B

5.

Gary Sheffield

Atlanta Braves

OF

John Smoltz

Atlanta Braves

RP

9.

Jose Vidro

Montreal Expos

2B

Billy Wagner

Houston Astros

RP

Rondell White

San Diego Padres

OF

Mike Williams

Pittsburgh Pirates

RP

Woody Williams

St. Louis Cardinals

P

Dontrelle Willis

Florida Marlins

P

Replaced Brown

Preston Wilson

Colorado Rockies

OF

Randy Wolf

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Kerry Wood

Chicago Cubs

P

Replaced Chacon

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

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American League All-Star Squad

5.

Garrett Anderson

Anaheim Angels

OF

Hank Blalock

Texas Rangers

3B

Bret Boone

Seattle Mariners

2B

Lance Carter

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

RP

Roger Clemens

New York Yankees

P

Replaced Zito

3.

Carlos Delgado

Toronto Blue Jays

1B

Brendan Donnelly

Anaheim Angels

RP

Carl Everett

Chicago White Sox

DH

Keith Foulke

Oakland Athletics

RP

Nomar Garciaparra

Boston Red Sox

SS

Jason Giambi

New York Yankees

1B

Replaced Sweeney

8.

Troy Glaus

Anaheim Angels

3B

Eddie Guardado

Minnesota Twins

RP

Roy Halladay

Toronto Blue Jays

P

Shigetoshi Hasegawa

Seattle Mariners

RP

Ramon Hernandez

Oakland Athletics

C

Esteban Loaiza

Chicago White Sox

P

Starting Pitcher

Mike MacDougal

Kansas City Royals

RP

6.

Edgar Martinez

Seattle Mariners

DH

7.

Hideki Matsui

New York Yankees

OF

Melvin Mora

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Jamie Moyer

Seattle Mariners

P

Mark Mulder

Oakland Athletics

P

Magglio Ordonez

Chicago White Sox

OF

Replaced Ramirez

9.

Jorge Posada

New York Yankees

C

Manny Ramirez

Boston Red Sox

OF

Replaced - Injury

4.

Alex Rodriguez

Texas Rangers

SS

C.C. Sabathia

Cleveland Indians

P

2.

Alfonso Soriano

New York Yankees

2B

1.

Ichiro Suzuki

Seattle Mariners

OF

Mike Sweeney

Kansas City Royals

1B

Replaced - Injury

Vernon Wells

Toronto Blue Jays

OF

Dmitri Young

Detroit Tigers

OF

Barry Zito

Oakland Athletics

P

Not Able To Pitch

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


Garret Anderson won the 2003 Home Run Derby then captured the 2003 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award . The last, and only other player to date, to match this unique feat was Cal Ripken, Jr. during the 1991 Midsummer Classic .

The National League lineup had a one-two-three St. Louis Cardinals punch: Edgar Renteria , Jim Edmonds & Albert Pujols . Those from the same team who came before this trio were as follows:

Do you know what Ichiro Suzuki (2001-2002-2003), Ken Griffey, Jr. (1996-1997-1998-1999), and Rod Carew (1977-1978-1979) have in common? They are the only three players in All-Star history to lead the Major Leagues in votes received for (at least) three consecutive seasons.

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