As an AL fan, I just want to thank the Padres for contributing, for the second year in a row, the NL’s losing pitcher in the All Star Game. And, this year, a special thank you for all those Padres fans who voted Chris Young onto the team as the final selection, and those on my blogroll who campaigned for Young.
This year’s win gives the AL eleven in a row,* matching the longest streak the NL put together back in the 1970s and early ’80s. So, how dominant is the AL now? Pretty dominant, though these last two have been one-run affairs, and top closers JJ Putz and K-Rod made this one interesting. The NL is getting closer, but those Padres pitchers are doing their part to keep our streak going.
And one final note: It was fun to hear the San Francisco fans boo Lackey and K-Rod during introductions. Always nice to be remembered, even almost five years later.
Well, OK, one more really final note: Albert Pujols is a pretty good hitter to be left on the bench in a 1-run game with two out and three on in the bottom of the 9th. I have to admit, it would have been fun to see K-Rod up against Pujols. It also would have been fun to see where Big Albert would have played in the 10th if the NL had sent the game into extras, as Pujols would have been pinch-hitting for the center fielder, and was the NL’s last non-pitcher available.
* Clarification: The NL has not won since 1996, but the AL streak of being unbeaten includes 2002, the year Bud shrugged (ending the game in a tie).