The All-Star Game ended just a shade before 2:00 AM last night. Were you still up? I was, for reasons still to be determined, but at least I got to see a wild game that featured some incredible luck for both teams.
That Mariano Rivera nearly blew the save in the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, but came up with a clutch double play grounder.
That the National League escaped a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the 10th, on the strength of some incredible footwork by Dodgers catcher Russell Martin.
That the damage wasn’t worse from the THREE errors made by Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. You could just see the humiliation on his face, which is a shame, because he really is one of the best young players in the game.
And don’t forget about Terry Francona. Had the game not ended on Michael Young’s sac fly in the 15th (longest All-Star Game in history, 4:50) he would have been in big trouble. Would he have sent Scott Kazmir out to pitch another inning, despite pleas from the Rays that he not pitch at all (because he threw over 100 pitches on Sunday)?
Would the National League’s situation have been different if Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (you should see him pitch) not had to be hospitalized with the flu? I really thought they were going to call the game after 15 if the AL had not scored. What a mess that would have been.
Luckily, it didn’t come to that, and the American League once again has home field advantage in the World Series. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of change in how the rosters for this game are put together just in case this happens again.