First of all, what a beautiful stadium PNC Park is. To bad it's in Pittsburgh.
Secondly, why would you bring Trevor Hoffman in as your closer when he has posted a 10.80 ERA in his first four All-Star appearances? Sure he ranks second on Major League Baseball’s career list with 460 saves, but baseball is all about numbers and match-ups isn't it?
Coincidently, Michael Young’s two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning off Hoffman was only the second time in All-Star Game history that a team won a game it was trailing (and was down to its final out).
And if you, like many, don't know who Michael Young is, he was last year’s American League batting champion.
'He was throwing some fastballs, and we know the change is his signature pitch, but he was throwing some fastballs,' said Young of the at-bat. 'I was looking [for a] fastball first pitch [and] fouled it off. Thought he might throw a changeup [for a] second pitch [and] fouled that one off. Clearly my thinking was doing me no good, so I’m just going to try to see the ball and make some contact.'
Speaking of contact, it didn't look like anyone was going to get any off National League starter Brad Penny of the Dodgers, until Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels hit a pitch at his shoulders out to the opposite field. That guy can hit any pitch out. Who wouldn't have loved to see him in the Home Run Derby? He wouldn't have taken a single pitch.
On the topic of dingers, 23-year-old David Wright’s homer off Kenny Rogers (who is 41) was the largest gap in age (18 years) between a batter and pitcher for an All-Star Game home run. It was previously set in 1959 in Los Angeles, when Frank Robinson (23) homered off Early Wynn (39).
'I got a lot of practice last night,' said Wright referencing the Home Run Derby. 'So after practice last night, [I] got a pitch I could handle my first at-bat.'
The young Met accounted for all the runs scored by the National League, with Carlos Beltran scoring the second run on a wild pitch after stealing third. Beltran also played the entire game, the first to do so since 1997, when three players did it: Ken Griffey Jr., Brady Anderson and Ray Lankford.
Yes, Brady Anderson and Ray Lankford were All-Stars.
Maybe if Jose Reyes had played, the National League would have scored three runs?