That's a Dozen Cousin

Michael Young being the man.
Of course the last All-Star game ever to be played at the historic Yankee Stadium went into extra innings. Would we have it any other way? I'm sure a few of the folks in the sellout crowd of 55,632 who paid over $700 per lower club ticket appreciate the free baseball.

Among poor pitching and bench management on both counts (12 NL pitchers, 11 AL hurlers and 63 players in all) the longest All-Star game in history saw a record-setting night for both teams, who recorded 34 strikeouts and left 28 men on base.

Nearly five hours and 15 innings after the Midsummer Classic began, Texas Rangers hard-hitting short stop Michael Young pulled out the American League heroics on the 453rd pitch of the game.

Carlos Quentin and Justin Morneau, together at last.Minnesota Twins slugging first baseman Justin Morneau kicked off the rally with a leadoff single off Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge, followed by a Dioner Navarro base hit with one out. Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew then walked to load the bags before Young lifted a sac fly to right. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart (who rocked some Corey Hart before every at-bat) fired an off-target one-hopper home and my Canadian Crusher sneaked in past Atlanta Braves backstop Brian McCann just ahead of the sweeping tag.

The American League is now an impressive 12-0-1 since the NL last won the All-Star game in 1996 in Philadelphia.

Your AL MVP? J.D. Drew, who of course, was booed when presented with his trophy. Gotta love New Yorkers. Also, Dan Uggla played some .

Check out the play-by-play here.

And with that, we leave you a day completely absent of baseball. Try not to flip out, Americas Pastime returns at 7:05pm ET Thursday with the Detroit Tigers taking on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Someone, somewhere is excited about that matchup.

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Bassmaster said...

You've been waiting to use that title haven't you.