National League Wins Baseball's All-Star Game
MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
NPR's Tom Goldman is with us to talk about it. Morning, Tom.
TOM GOLDMAN: Good morning.
LOUISE KELLY: So we should say there was not actually a lot of action in this game, and it took a while for the offenses to get anything at all going. Tell us how it played out.
GOLDMAN: Yeah, you know, for the fans who love a slugfest, it was a snoozefest, I'm afraid.
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GOLDMAN: Now, the American League pitchers only gave up seven hits but one of them was the big one. It was a bases-loaded double by Atlanta catcher Brian McCann in the seventh inning - that scored the three runs and that was all the National League needed.
LOUISE KELLY: And I guess not a surprise that pitching would be so dominant in this game. Pitching has been pretty good overall this year.
GOLDMAN: It has. This has been called the Year of the Pitcher. I mentioned the success of Ubaldo Jimenez. American League starter David Price has been very good. So is another National Leaguer, Florida's Josh Johnson. Those three really controlled the All-Star Game into the fifth inning when the American League scored the first run. But yes, pitching and good defense to backup the strong pitching have been the story of the season so far.
LOUISE KELLY: One thing to mention, Tom. This was not just an exhibition, in the sense that for the past few years the All-Star Game has determined home field advantage for the World Series. So they actually had something at stake last night.
GOLDMAN: So it's debatable. But I think when push comes to shove, the National League will be happy to have that home field advantage.
LOUISE KELLY: Of course the big baseball story yesterday was the death of longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Was he remembered at the game last night?
GOLDMAN: Although, Mary Louise, I don't know if he would have been mellow last night. With the AL getting shut down and losing that home field advantage in the World Series, he'd probably be mad.
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GOLDMAN: And maybe that's the most fitting send-off for a guy like George Steinbrenner.
LOUISE KELLY: There you go. Thanks, Tom.
GOLDMAN: You're welcome.
LOUISE KELLY: That's NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman talking about last night's All-Star Game.
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