Ichiro takes round-trip to All-Star history
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was just one flight of the baseball. Just one swoosh of Ichiro Suzuki's magic bat. Just one laser beam streaking off toward the place where batted balls live on forever.But when everything else fades from one more All-Star Game victory for the American League -- in what is beginning to feel like a never-ending series of American League victories -- this was the moment that all the Wite-Out in California won't be able to erase. This was the tale of the amazing Ichiro, gliding around the bases on a journey into All-Star history. This was the tale of a suddenly defenseless outfielder by the name of Junior Griffey, watching a baseball that was determined to pinball around the funkiest right field in America until the man who hit it had orbited the bases. This was the tale of the first inside-the-park home run ever hit in an All-Star Game -- a round-tripper that would become the defining moment Tuesday night in a 5-4 game that was won by the team that always wins the All-Star Game. Think of all the sprint champs who have played in this game. How could Rickey Henderson never have hit an inside-the-parker in an All-Star Game? Or Maury Wills? Or Lou Brock? Think of all the ballparks this game has been played in. Think of all the baseballs that have clattered off the walls in the most misshaped outfields in history. In Fenway. And Wrigley. And the Polo Grounds. How could it be possible that none of those parks had ever manufactured the one classically goofy bounce it takes to produce a moment like the one we witnessed Tuesday night at AT&T Park? We have no idea how events can conspire like that to keep something like this from happening for more than 70 years -- and then, in one fluky collision of events, it happens right before your eyes.
It didn't matter. [Ichiro] flies, man. Even a perfect throw wouldn't have gotten him.
-- NL second baseman Chase Utley
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|1998||Roberto Alomar||Puerto Rico|
|1997||Sandy Alomar Jr.||Puerto Rico|
It's one (game) that I'll never forget. The past six years, I never had an All-Star Game that I really thought I gave it my all or was able to give it my all. So I'm really happy. It was a fun All-Star Game.
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