Recap: Last All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, Wow!

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.

Rays Seek Redemption at “The House That Ruth Built”

After tonight’s loss against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays (record 55-33) will have little time to sulk before they take the show back to Yankee Stadium.  The Rays, the first place team in the majors, have tasted defeat only twice in 13 games. Regardless that they won five out of the last six games on the road, their record at New York this year is only 2-2, and the Yanks are ready for a fight after losing three out of four at Tampa in May.  Be prepared for a duel this Tuesday and Wednesday, as Raymond the Seadog makes an appearance at the soon-to-be-no-more Yankee Sadium.  You can get tickets to the match-up on Wednesday, or catch some sun and some fouls in Tampa Bay this year.  If you decide to visit the park in Tampa, make sure to stop over and pet the Cownose rays located in clear view of play behind the center field wall.