2008 All-Star Game

A historic ballpark deserved a historic game and the 2008 Midsummer Classic did not disappoint. From start to finish fans witnessed what will go down in history as one of the greatest All-Star Games in Major League history. Pre-game events included a red-carpet parade through New York City, a player introduction ceremony where startes took the field at their position flanked by forty-nine living Hall of Fame players - each lined up at their former position, and a Stealth Bomber fly-over.

The actual game itself was a record-setter as well, lasting four-hours and fifty minutes. Did the House That Ruth Built simply not want to see the legends leave its hollowed grounds? Derek Jeter said following the game, "It seemed like the Stadium didn't want it to end. That's what we were talking about. It just wanted baseball to continute and I thought it was fitting."

MLB.com columnist Bryan Hoch (Night is Young: AL walks off in 15th, 07/16/2008), summed up the game perfectly, "It was a Midsummer Classic — in every sense of the phrase — taking place in a building best known for its immaculate stage. It was the House that Ruth Built, where Lou Gehrig proclaimed himself the luckiest man, where Joe DiMaggio jolted and where Mickey Mantle became an idol to millions. It was where Don Larsen was perfect, where Roger Maris toppled the Babe and where Reggie Jackson forever acquired October with just three swings."

"When you think of Yankee Stadium, it is, in my opinion, the most famous cathedral in all of sports. You think of all the great Yankee teams to play there, the prize fights, the great football games. It's a fitting way to honor the last year of its existence." - Commissioner Bud Selig on MLB.com (Barry M. Bloom, 01/31/2007)
2008 All-Star Game

2008 All-Star Game Official Logo

2008 All-Star Game Official Logo

2007 | 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game | 2009

Game Number

79

Date / Box Score

07-15-2008

Location

Attendance ( Rank )

55,632

The Star Spangled Banner

1 st Pitch

From

To

Starting Pitchers

Managers

Coaches

Jim Leyland

Unknown

Unknown

2008 All Star Game

Line Score

League

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E

National

0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 4

American

0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 1

Ben Sheets
Carlos Zambrano (3rd)
Dan Haren (5th, H)
Edinson Volquez (7th, BS)
Brian Wilson (8th, H)
Billy Wagner (8th, BS)
Ryan Dempster (9th)
Aaron Cook (10th)
Carlos Marmol (13th)
Brandon Webb (14th)
Brad Lidge (15th, L)
-

Cliff Lee
Joe Saunders (3rd)
Roy Halladay (4th)
Ervin Santana (5th)
Justin Duchscherer (6th)
Joe Nathan (7th)
Jonathan Papelbon (8th)
Francisco Rodriguez (9th)
Mariano Rivera (9th)
Joakim Soria (11th)
George Sherrill (12th)
Scott Kazmir (15th)

Matt Holliday (5th)

J.D. Drew (7th)


2008 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

3

Lance Berkman (5)

Houston Astros

1B

7

Ryan Braun (1)

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

Aaron Cook (1)

Colorado Rockies

P

Ryan Dempster (2)

Chicago Cubs

P

8

Kosuke Fukudome (1)

Chicago Cubs

OF

Adrian Gonzalez (1)

San Diego Padres

1B

Cristian Guzman (2)

Washington Senators

SS

Dan Haren (2)

Arizona Diamondbacks

P

Corey Hart (1)

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

6

Matt Holliday (3)

Colorado Rockies

OF

5

Chipper Jones (6)

Atlanta Braves

3B

Brad Lidge (2)

Philadelphia Phillies

P

Tim Lincecum (1)

San Francisco Giants

P

Did Not Pitch

Ryan Ludwick (1)

St. Louis Cardinals

OF

Carlos Marmol (1)

Chicago Cubs

P

Russell Martin (2)

Los Angeles Dodgers

C

Brian McCann (3)

Atlanta Braves

C

Nate McLouth (1)

Pittsburgh Pirates

OF

4

Albert Pujols (7)

St. Louis Cardinals

1B

Aramis Ramirez (2)

Chicago Cubs

3B

1

Hanley Ramirez (1)

Florida Marlins

SS

Ben Sheets (4)

Milwaukee Brewers

P

Starting Pitcher

Alfonso Soriano (7)

Chicago Cubs

OF

Replaced - Injury

9

Geovany Soto (1)

Chicago Cubs

C

Miguel Tejada (5)

Houston Astros

SS

Dan Uggla (2)

Florida Marlins

2B

2

Chase Utley (3)

Philadelphia Phillies

2B

Edinson Volquez (1)

Cincinnati Reds

P

Billy Wagner (6)

New York Mets

P

Brandon Webb (3)

Arizona Diamondbacks

P

Brian Wilson (1)

San Francisco Giants

P

Kerry Wood (2)

Chicago Cubs

P

Did Not Pitch

David Wright (3)

New York Mets

3B

Replaced Soriano

Carlos Zambrano (3)

Chicago Cubs

P

Bold =Fan-Elected Starter

2008 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

Milton Bradley (1)

Texas Rangers

DH

Joe Crede (1)

Chicago White Sox

3B

J.D. Drew (1)

Boston Red Sox

OF

Justin Duchscherer (2)

Oakland Athletics

P

Carlos Guillen (3)

Detroit Tigers

3B

Roy Halladay (5)

Toronto Blue Jays

P

Josh Hamilton (1)

Texas Rangers

OF

Derek Jeter (9)

New York Yankees

SS

Scott Kazmir (2)

Tampa Bay Rays

P

Ian Kinsler (1)

Texas Rangers

2B

Cliff Lee (1)

Cleveland Indians

P

Starting Pitcher

Evan Longoria (1)

Tampa Bay Rays

3B

Monster 2008 Final Vote

Joe Mauer (2)

Minnesota Twins

C

Justin Morneau (2)

Minnesota Twins

1B

Joe Nathan (3)

Minnesota Twins

P

Dioner Navarro (1)

Tampa Bay Rays

C

David Ortiz (5)

Boston Red Sox

DH

Replaced - Injury

Jonathan Papelbon (3)

Boston Red Sox

P

Dustin Pedroia (1)

Boston Red Sox

2B

Carlos Quentin (1)

Chicago White Sox

OF

Manny Ramirez (12)

Boston Red Sox

OF

Mariano Rivera (9)

New York Yankees

P

Alex Rodriguez (12)

New York Yankees

3B

Francisco Rodriguez (3)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

P

Ervin Santana (1)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

P

Joe Saunders (1)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

P

George Sherrill (1)

Baltimore Orioles

P

Grady Sizemore (3)

Cleveland Indians

OF

Joakim Soria (1)

Kansas City Royals

P

Ichiro Suzuki (8)

Seattle Mariners

OF

Jason Varitek (3)

Boston Red Sox

C

Kevin Youkilis (1)

Boston Red Sox

1B

Michael Young (5)

Texas Rangers

SS

Bold =Fan-Elected Starter


The following is word-for-word transcript of Mayor Bloomberg's weekly radio address played on 1010 WINS News Radio Sunday, February 4, 2007:

      "Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

      " Yankee Stadium , the House that Ruth Built , perhaps the greatest cathedral in all of sport. Since opening in April 1923, it's played host to shutouts and knockouts, to popes and pigskin, to Joltin' Joe and Billy Joel and hundreds of other memorable moments.

      "Now, get ready to add one more great event to that list. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the 2008 All-Star Game will take place at Yankee Stadium . In recent years, the game has been used to showcase the sport's newest ballparks. But in this case, the game will be an occasion to commemorate the final season at our most storied stadium before the team moves across the street into its new home.

      "In many ways, the game will be a celebration of two New York teams. That's because both the Yankees and the Mets will be opening new, state-of-the-art, privately-financed, ballparks the following year. We've broken ground on both facilities within the past six months and when the gates finally open and the bats start swinging; they will help drive major revitalizations in Flushing and the South Bronx.

      "Major League Baseball's decision to bring the All-Star Game to Yankee Stadium is also a testament to how far the city has come in recent years. There is a lot of competition to host these kinds of events. But by making our streets safer and cleaner than they have been in decades and by promoting the world-class resources that make us unique, we've been able to attract big events - like the Latin Grammys and the Country Music Association Awards.

      "In fact, our City's Economic Development Corporation expects that the All-Star Game and the activities leading up to it will generate nearly $150 million in new business. That's money spent in our hotels, in our restaurants, and in our stores, which will then ripple throughout our local economy.

      "Just as importantly, the game will be watched in 100 million homes in 226 countries around the world. Showcasing our city to such a huge, diverse television audience is equal to millions of dollars in free advertising and will help us attract even more business and visitors to our city in the years to come.

      "Yes, the 2008 All-Star Game is going to be a great moment for baseball fans, but considering all the visitors it's going to bring to town, this is something every New Yorker can cheer about. For those of you scoring at home, this will be the fourth time that Yankee Stadium has hosted the All-Star Game . The event was previously held there in 1939 , 1960 , and 1977 . And as any baseball buff will be quick to point in each of those years, the Yanks then went on to play in the World Series .

      "So while the 2008 All-Star Game will certainly be a wonderful moment in the Stadium's final season, my hunch is that it won't be the last.

      "This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening."

      Source: News from the Blue Room ( NYC.gov ).

Did you know that the "original" Yankee Stadium was torn down, rebuilt on the same frame and reopened in 1976? The new Yankee Stadium will be built across the street and it will open in time for the 2009 Opening Day game.

When Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto took the field to start the 2008 All-Star Game he became the first rookie catcher in Midsummer Classic history to start an All-Star contest.

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