Each summer, Major League Baseball gathers its top stars half-way through the season to play together during the All-Star game. And since 2002, the outcome of the game determines which league will get home field advantage in the World Series.
Throughout the 84 years of the Midsummer Classic, there have been many memorable moments. Some of those moments happen during play on the field, like Reggie Jackson’s monstrous home run during the 1971 All-Star game in Detroit. Other memorable moments occur during the pre-game festivities, like Ted Williams’s appearance at the 1999 All-Star game in Boston to throw out the first pitch.
During the 2013 All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York, baseball would add another great moment to the history books during the middle of the 8th inning. The AL was holding a 3-0 lead over the NL. AL manager, Jim Leyland wanted to make sure NY Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera came into the game while they had the lead, so he chose to bring him in during the 8th inning.
The field was empty, and the sound of Metallica’s Enter Sandman filled the ball park atmosphere. Mariano “Sandman” Rivera entered through the outfield bullpen gates and trotted to the mound. Rivera was all alone on the field standing atop the mound. He looked around at the standing ovation by fans and players honoring one of the game’s greatest. This was Rivera’s final career All-Star game appearance and he was soaking it all in.
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The Yankees were down 4-0 to the Tigers going into the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 1 of the ALCS. Ichiro Suzuki homers with 1 out to knock in 2 runs to bring the score to 4-2. With 2 outs, Mark Teixeira is walked and Raul Ibanez steps up to the plate. On an 0-1 count he smashed a ball off of Tigers closer Jose Valverde to the right field stands to tie the game 4-4 and send it into extra innings.
But the heroics were not enough for the Yankees to take the lead and get a win. In the top of the 12th inning, the Tigers would regain the lead with 2 more runs off of RBIs by Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta. With Ibanez already batting in the bottom of the 11th, the Yankees could not muster up a base-runner and the Tigers would take Game 1 of the ALCS in NY. To make matters worse for the Yankees, Derek Jeter would fracture his ankle on a play trying to prevent the Peralta single in the 12th.
The 2012 MLB Postseason continues to pour on the excitement with come from behind victories and late inning magic. Share your thoughts about the postseason in the comments below.