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2002 All Star Game is Tied 7-7? Now what?

July 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

On July 9th, 2002, after 11 innings of play, the All Star game ended in a 7-7 tie.  Both teams had pretty much run out of pitchers by that time and Major League Commissioner Bud Selig (also host of the game in Milwaukee) called the game a draw.  No winner, no loser, no MVPs, but a lot of angst.  Both the AL and NL used all 30 of its players.  Because of the public outcry for a winner and a loser, baseball decided to make the game count.  Currently, the league that wins the All Star game secures home field advantage (4 home games out of 7) in that year’s World Series.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the fans here. Their unhappiness is understood by all of us. It was a no-win situation, and I was sad. I understood the crowd reaction. Never in our wildest dreams did we conceive the game would end in a tie. With the health of the players, frankly, we had no choice. As much as I hated to do it, and with all the reluctance in the world, I had no choice but to call the game. I sat the last half-inning desperately trying to come up with something. My mind was racing. But I can’t turn the All-Star Game into something with who knows who was out there. It would have been a farce if we went to some kind of bizarre alternative. This is not the way I wanted this to end. It’s the first time it’s ever happened. It’s very regrettable and very sad. At the end, I had no alternative. There’s absolutely no one to blame.”  Bud Selig.

Watch the homemade video below to get a sense of the fans’ agitation when the game was called a tie

Possibly the biggest highlight of the game came when Twins’ outfielder Torii Hunter robbed Barry Bonds of a certain home run.  Bonds, acknowledged Hunter’s catch by picking him up playfully (see picture above).
Below is a Fox promo video for the 2002 All Star Game.  It is well done, but notice how many of the marquee stars being showcased have already retired.

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