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The 2009 All-Star Game was held on July 14, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. It was the 80th edition of the midsummer classic.

The American League won the game 4-3 over the National League, its 12th consecutive win since 1997 - with one tie in 2002. Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays was selected as the game's Most Valuable Player for robbing Brad Hawpe of a home run by climbing over the left field fence in the 7th inning.

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[edit] The Teams

[edit] American League

The American League team was led by manager Joe Maddon and coaches Trey Hillman and Don Wakamatsu.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Andrew Bailey Oakland Athletics P did not play
Jason Bartlett Tampa Bay Rays SS
Jason Bay Boston Red Sox OF Fans' Selection
Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox P did not play
Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox P
Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays OF
Nelson Cruz Texas Rangers OF replaced Hunter; did not play
Chone Figgins Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B replaced Longoria; did not play
Brian Fuentes Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P did not play
Curtis Granderson Detroit Tigers OF
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals P
Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays P
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers OF Fans' Selection
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners P
Aaron Hill Toronto Blue Jays 2B
Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF replaced due to injury
Brandon Inge Detroit Tigers 3B Final Man
Edwin Jackson Detroit Tigers P
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Fans' Selection
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles OF
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 3B Fans' Selection replaced due to injury
Victor Martinez Cleveland Indians C
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins C Fans' Selection
Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins 1B
Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins P
Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox P
Carlos Pena Tampa Bay Rays 1B replaced Pedroia; did not play
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B Fans' Selection replaced due to family considerations
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees P
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners OF Fans' Selection
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 1B Fans' Selection
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers P did not play
Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox P did not play
Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox 1B
Michael Young Texas Rangers 3B
Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays 2B

[edit] National League

The National League team was led by manager Charlie Manuel and coaches Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Heath Bell San Diego Padres P
Carlos Beltran New York Mets OF Fans' Selection replaced due to injury
Chad Billingsley Los Angeles Dodgers P
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers OF Fans' Selection
Jonathan Broxton Los Angeles Dodgers P replaced due to injury
Matt Cain San Francisco Giants P replaced due to injury
Francisco Cordero Cincinnati Reds P
Zach Duke Pittsburgh Pirates P replaced Cain; did not play
Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers 1B
Ryan Franklin St. Louis Cardinals P
Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres 1B
Dan Haren Arizona Diamondbacks P
Brad Hawpe Colorado Rockies OF
Trevor Hoffman Milwaukee Brewers P replaced Broxton
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 1B
Orlando Hudson Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
Raul Ibanez Philadelphia Phillies OF Fans' Selection
Josh Johnson Florida Marlins P did not play
Ted Lilly Chicago Cubs P did not play
Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants P
Jason Marquis Colorado Rockies P did not play
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves C
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C Fans' Selection
Hunter Pence Houston Astros OF did not play
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 1B Fans' Selection
Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins SS Fans' Selection
Francisco Rodriguez New York Mets P
Freddy Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates 2B did not play
Johan Santana New York Mets P did not play
Miguel Tejada Houston Astros SS
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 2B Fans' Selection
Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks OF
Shane Victorino Philadelphia Phillies OF Final Man
Jayson Werth Philadelphia Phillies OF replaced Beltran
David Wright New York Mets 3B Fans' Selection
Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 3B

[edit] The Game

The American League defeated the National League 4-3 in the 80th All-Star Game, held in Busch Stadium, in St. Louis. The game had not been held in St. Louis since 1966, when a previous version of Busch Stadium was used.

President Obama spoke with Willie Mays aboard Air Force One on his way to the game.
Obama throws the first pitch.

In pre-game ceremonies, President Barack Obama threw the ceremonial first pitch, his first such presence at a baseball game since his inauguration the previous January. He was accompanied on the field by six Hall of Famers who played for the St. Louis Cardinals: Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter, Ozzie Smith, Red Schoendienst and Lou Brock. Obama threw the picth to Albert Pujols, who made the link to the Cardinal teams of the present. President Obama was wearing a Chicago White Sox warm-up jacket - he had previousy stated that he was a fan of the team from his hometown's south side -, but the gesture elicited a few boos from the crowd, as the city of Chicago is a traditional rival of St. Louis.

Busch Stadium ready for the event. FBI cruiser in the foreground.

On the field, two former Cy Young Award winners faced off on the mound, Tim Lincecum for the NL and Roy Halladay for the AL. Lincecum appeared very nervous, throwing a number of pitches over opposing batters' heads and quickly found himself in trouble as leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki singled and he hit Derek Jeter with a pitch. Joe Mauer hit a tapper that barely traveled a foot ahead of home plate; catcher Yadier Molina pounced on it, threw to third to retire Suzuki, but 3B David Wright's throw back to first lacked vigor and Mauer was safe. Mark Teixeira then hit another potential double play ball, towards hometown hero Pujols at first base, but Phat Albert mishandled it, allowing Jeter to score and Mauer and Teixeira to be safe. Jason Bay then singled to center to load the bases and Josh Hamilton hit another grounder to Pujols. This time, it was fielded cleanly, but the defense could only get the force at second, allowing Mauer to score the AL's second run. Michael Young then grounded out to Wright to end the inning.

The President speaks with Fox Sports broadcasters in the broadcast booth.

In contrast to Lincecum, Roy Halladay appeared completely unfazed by the circumstances. He mowed down the National League in order in the top of the 1st, then came to bat in the 2nd and struck out on a superb Lincecum curve ball after fouling two tough high fastballs. Doc then retired the first two NL batters in the bottom of the 2nd, and shattered Wright's bat on a pitch, but the ball blooped into center field for a single. Just like that, the roof collapsed on Halladay. Shane Victorino followed with a single, then Yadier Molina hit another single to center. Wright scored easily and CF Josh Hamilton tried to gun down Victorino heading for third base, but the throw hit the Flying Hawaiian in the back and allowed him to score, putting Molina on second. Prince Fielder, winner of the previous day's Home Run Derby, pinch hit for Lincecum and lined a double down the left field line, scoring Molina for a 3-2 NL lead. Hanley Ramirez then grounded out to second to end the inning.

After this initial outburst of scoring, the pitching staffs became dominant. Starting with Ramirez's ground out, American League pitchers retired 18 consecutive batters before Adrian Gonzalez drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the 8th. In the meantime, the AL bats were heard a few times. In the 5th, against Chad Billingsley, Carl Crawford led off with a single but was forced out by Ichiro, who was in turn forced out by Jeter. With two outs, Mauer doubled to right to tie the score at 3. It remained that way until the bottom of the 7th, when Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch for the AL. The first batter he faced, Brad Hawpe, hit a fly ball to deep left; Crawford raced to the fence, jumped and snatched the ball as it was above the fence, robbing Hawpe of a home run, a tremendous catch that saved the game for the junior circuit. The next batter, Miguel Tejada, hit another deep fly, this time to right field, but Adam Jones caught it at the warning track. Papelbon then struck out Jayson Werth to end a hairy half-inning.

The American League scored the winning run in the top of the 8th, against Heath Bell. Curtis Granderson hit a one-out a triple against the left field fence. Justin Upton, playing out of position in LF, misjudged the ball, which bounced to Werth, who was also out of position in CF, Werth overthrew the cut-off man, allowing Granderson to slide into third just ahead of the throw. Manager Charlie Manuel then decided to issue an intentional walk to Victor Martinez, a highly-unusual move for an All-Star Game, in order to set up a potential double play. Adam Jones defeated the strategy by hitting a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly and a 4-3 lead.

After two outs in the 8th, the National League ended its streak of consecutive outs when Gonzalez drew a full-count walk from Joe Nathan. Orlando Hudson singled on a ball just out of SS Jason Bartlett's diving reach, to place runners at the corners. Ryan Howard came in to pinch hit for Bell, but he struck out to end the threat. In the 9th, both Francisco Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera pitched perfect innings. Rivera earned a save of an All-Star Game for the fourth time of his illustrious career.

Carl Crawford was chosen the game's Most Valuable Player for his magnificent catch in the 7th. The victory gave the American League home field advantage in the 2009 World Series.

[edit] Starting Lineups

American League Batting
Order
National League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Ichiro Suzuki RF Seattle Mariners 1 Hanley Ramirez SS Florida Marlins
Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees 2 Chase Utley 2B Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins 3 Albert Pujols 1B St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Teixeira 1B New York Yankees 4 Ryan Braun RF Milwaukee Brewers
Jason Bay LF Boston Red Sox 5 Raul Ibanez LF Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Hamilton CF Texas Rangers 6 David Wright 3B New York Mets
Michael Young 3B Texas Rangers 7 Shane Victorino CF Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Hill 2B Toronto Blue Jays 8 Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals
Roy Halladay P Toronto Blue Jays 9 Tim Lincecum P San Francisco Giants

[edit] Line Score

July 14, 2009 at Busch Stadium (46,760), night game -

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 8 1
National 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1

Pitchers

American: Roy Halladay, Mark Buehrle, Zack Greinke, Edwin Jackson, Felix Hernandez, Jonathan Papelbon (W), Joe Nathan, Mariano Rivera (SV)

National: Tim Lincecum, Ryan Franklin, Dan Haren, Chad Billingsley, Trevor Hoffman, Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell (L), Francisco Rodriguez

Home Runs

none

Umpires

HP: Dana DeMuth, 1B: Brian Gorman, 2B: Jeff Kellogg, 3B: Angel Hernandez, LF: Tim Timmons, RF: Paul Nauert


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