What is your favorite MLB All-Star Game moment from your lifetime? For some of you (like myself), there aren’t a ton of standout moments choose from, especially being fans of the National League. As a 28-year-old, I’ve seen a lot of poor NL performances over the years. Thankfully, a 13-year winless streak was snapped last year when Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann drove a two-out, base-loaded double down the RF line- breaking a 1-1 tie and pushing the National League ahead to stay with a score of 3-1.
But my favorite moment was from 2001 in Seattle … when Baltimore Orioles’ legend, Cal Ripken Jr., (who had been voted-in as the starting 3b for the American League) was told by Alex Rodriguez (who had been voted-in as the starting SS for the AL ) that they were switching positions for an inning. This allowed Cal Ripken Jr. to start at SS in what was his final All-Star game, as Ripken had announced he would retire at season’s end. The crowd roared, but unbeknownst to them this would not be Ripken’s only highlight of the night. In the 3rd inning, on the first pitch he saw, Ripken (at age 40) became the oldest player to hit a HR in an All-Star Game, and would be named MVP as the American League went on to a 4-1 victory over the NL.
Honorable Mention… John Kruk vs. Randy Johnson from the 1993 All-Star Game. It was hilarious, it involved one of my favorite players, but also proved that the All-Star game had become “fun,” and a game in which the results didn’t matter.
No matter the sport, I want to see an All-Star Game with the best players playing their hardest, so I favored Ripken’s moment over Kruk’s. What are your favorite moments?