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2008 MLB All-Star Game Report
Better late than never right???

The 2008 All-Star game came to us this year from New York City at Yankee Stadium. This will be the 4th and last time that the All-Star game will originate from Yankee Stadium as after the season is over it will be torn down to make room for a new state-of-the-art $1.8 billion facility.

Better late than never right???

The 2008 All-Star game came to us this year from New York City at Yankee Stadium. This will be the 4th and last time that the All-Star game will originate from Yankee Stadium as after the season is over it will be torn down to make room for a new state-of-the-art $1.8 billion facility.

Prior to the game major league baseball assembled what is the greatest collection of living legends on one field. As the starting lineup for the National and American league teams were introduced they were meet on the field by 49 living Hall of Famers. The only living Hall of Famer that I can think of not participating was Carlton Fisk (If anyone knows why Fisk wasn't able to attend the game I would love to know).

As one might expect from a crowd at Yankee Stadium anyone wearing a Yankee hat was cheered by their beloved fans, yet anyone wearing a Red Sox hat was booed like I have never seen. No cheers were louder in my mind than that of great Yankee catcher Yogi Berra and no one was booed more than Red Sox's closer Jonathan Papelbon, who prior to the game was reported to say that he thought that he should close the game in a save situation over Yankee great Marion Rivera. At many points during the game I was certain that the Yankees fans would have rather lost the game and potential home field advantage than see Red Sox player help the team win, they sure would be disappointed. The Yankee cheers got even louder as Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was driven out to deliver the ceremonial first pitch balls.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when Matt Holliday hit a home run for the National League. They took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning when Lance Berkman hit a long sacrifice fly and it looked like the NL might finally beat their AL counterparts for the first time in 12 years. This was helped by the NL's Ben Sheets, Carlos Zambrano and Dan Haren who combined to shut out the American team for the first six innings.

JD Drew put the National League fans back in their seats in the seventh inning with a two-run home run off Edinson Volquez. Drew became only the 15th player in history to homer in his first All-Star at bat, he would go on to be named the All-Star game MVP.

The National League took the lead back in the top of the eighth after a sac fly by San Diego's Gonzalez driving in Houston shortstop Miguel Tajada. The American team was able to tie the score again in the bottom of the eight when Grady Sizemore stole second and then scored off an Evan Longoria ground-rule double.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the 15th when Texas Ranger Michael Young was able to fly out to right field. This allowed Justin Morneau to score from third when Corey Harts thrown went just slight of the first-based side of the plate giving the American team yet another victory and home field advantage in the World Series.

The game took 4 hours and 40 mins ending around 12:37 CST. The ending couldn't of come any sooner as both teams were down to their last pitcher. When asked if he would allow the game to end in a tie Commissioner Bud Selig said that the game would go on.



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