Well the 2013 All-Star Game has come to a close as the American League defeated the National League by the score of 3-0. It was the lowest-scoring All-Star Game since 1990, when the AL earned a 2-0 victory.
I loved the Opening Ceremonies and it was great to see Carlos Beltran and Mariano Rivera get some nice ovations, but not nearly as loud and boisterous as the ovations for the Mets All-Stars David Wright and Matt Harvey.
Matt Harvey was greeted by a first pitch double by leadoff hitter Mike Trout, but then went on to pitch two scoreless innings and facing eight batters while striking out three.
Things got a little scary when he hit the Yankees’ Robinson Cano just above the knee and he was removed from the game. Harvey apologized to Cano afterward and it looks like the All Star second baseman will be fine.
“The last thing I wanted to do was go out there and possibly injure somebody,” Harvey said.
David Wright, who has now made more All-Star Game appearances than any other Met in franchise history (7), went 1-for-3 with a single. This will end a whirlwind three days for Wright who was running around all over the city as the face of the Mets and the face of this All-Star Game, acting as the unofficial ambassador and saying all the right things.
“I’m glad that I could help promote this game,” said Wright. “I’m glad that I could help represent the New York Mets. I look at is as trying to be a good host. I think I’m trying to be a good ambassador for the game and then obviously trying to be an ambassador for the New York Mets. That’s kind of the responsibility that I feel.”
Some of the in-game entertainment included was Candice Glover singing the National Anthem, Marc Anthony singing God Bless America, and Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline. When I first heard Diamond would be appearing I thought it was silly, but then I learned it was to honor the bombings in Boston. Both Diamond and Anthony absolutely energized the crowd.
Then Mariano Rivera came out to pitch the eighth inning and it was the highlight of the evening for me. That’s what I will remember most about this All-Star Game. Citi Field blasted Metallica’s Enter Sandman while players and coaches in both dugouts came out and applauded him while the crowd gave him a 4-minute standing ovation. It was quite a moment and everyone was on their feet.
Rivera was named the All-Star Game MVP for his 1-2-3 inning. Afterward, he was to emotional to speak, but eventually got out a few choice humble comments. Classy as always.
All in all it was a great Mid-Summer Classic and the largest crowd in Citi Field history nearing close to 42,000 fans including standing room only.
Original Post 3:30 PM
The starting lineups for tonight are…
- CF: Mike Trout, Angels
- 2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
- 3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
- 1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
- LF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
- DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
- RF: Adam Jones, Orioles
- C: Joe Mauer, Twins
- SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
Starting pitcher: Max Scherzer, Tigers
- 2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
- RF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
- 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
- 3B: David Wright, Mets
- LF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
- C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
- SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
- DH: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
- CF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
Starting pitcher: Matt Harvey, Mets