Not only was it the last All-Star game to be played at Yankee Stadium, it was the longest All-Star game ever. Lasting a record 4 hours and 50 minutes, Phil Niekro couldn’t have even guessed how memorable it would actually be. A battle to the very end – a 15-inning battle – the American League pulled off their 12th straight All-Star game win. J.D. Drew captured the All-Star game MVP award, sealing the deal with a two-run shot in the seventh that tied the game and helping the AL rally in the 11th, putting runners on first and third with only one out. Despite the NL snuffing several AL opportunites to shut it down early, the game went on and on, and the fans were probably feeling quite somnabulent much before the final inning. Incredible.
This final game at Yankee Stadium was an absolutely fabulous All-Star showdown. If you did not get a chance to make this year’s outing, head to St. Louis in 2009 for the next All-Star experience.