Pictures From an Exhibition

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Five Innings To Go

In the bottom of the tenth inning, the American League loaded the bases on two errors by Dan Uggla and an intentional walk issued to Carlos Guillen. At that point, I figured the game was moments away from ending, and fitting, Mariano Rivera would get the win. I snapped a picture of my ticket and scorecard to preserve the moment forever. Little did I know that I would still be in Yankee Stadium for an hour and 38 minutes.

What follows are a select bunch of photos from my vantage point in Row N of Tier Reserve 31. For the first seven innings, I used my mom’s high-powered zoom camera, and I have some nice shots of the pre-game ceremonies. You can see them all in my flickr set. Click on any picture for bigger versions and click through the jump for a select bunch with my comments.

The AL Bench

The pre-game ceremonies began with the reserves lining up in the outfield grass. Here, the AL pitchers and bench players await the Hall of Famers. Only in New York (and probably Boston) do fans boo at the All Star Game, and the loudest boos were reserved for Jason Varitek and Jonathan Papelbon, an undeserving All Star and a disrespectful All Star, respectively.

Filming Rivera For much of the night, Mariano Rivera had a camera crew tailing him. As you’ll see in the 8th inning bullpen shots, the crew just filmed Rivera throughout the evening. Here, he waits in the lineup next to Roy Halladay. I snapped the lineup of reserves here, here and here. I’m not quite sure what David Ortiz is doing in that last picture.

NL Reserves

The NL Reserves, with Cubs manager and Bronx fan-favorite Lou Piniella in front, lined up behind third base.

National vs. American

It’s 8:13 p.m. Do you know where your first pitch is? (Answer: Still 33 minutes away.)

At this point, the special Hall of Fame ceremony began. Joe Buck announced every living Hall of Famer (who could make to the stadium). The photos are as follows: managers, pitchers, first basemen, second basemen, A-Rod and the third basemen, the short stops, the DHs and the outfielders.

De-rek Je-ter

Derek Jeter jogs out to his familiar spot at short stop. As he does so often these days, Derek hit into an All Star double play later in the game. He also picked up the AL’s first hit.

A Wave of the Cap

Derek acknowledges the applause.

Star-Studded Field

With everyone on the field, Yankee Stadium looked regal minutes before the game began.

After Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem and the Stadium crowd witness the olbligatory military flyover, we were ready for the first pitch. A golf cart carried George Steinbrenner and the ceremonial baseballs out to the mound.

First Pitches

The Yankee Greats threw out to the Yankee All Stars, and with that, the pre-game ceremonies ended amidsts red, white and blue streamers. Meanwhile, Reggie practiced his ball-flipping skills.

Single

Derek singles before…

A-Rod Pops Out

…A-Rod fouls out to end the first.

During the seventh inning, the Village People joined in on the YMCA absurdity. The real fun would begin seven innings later, however, with the 14th-inning stretch.

Mariano threw in the ninth and tenth, but he would be long gone when the game finally ended, much to Dan Uggla’s delight, in the 15th inning, nearly five hours after it started.

It's Over!

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  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Standing in a row with the rest of the league, I’m reminded of how much the Padres look like beer-league clowns in those stupid pewter uniforms (or whatever color they call that…)

    • Casper

      Sand.

  • http://highlandermadness.blogspot.com Rayblay

    I just HAD to mention the shot of the HOFers/All stars at 3B, you called it “A-Rod, Larry and the 3B HoFers”.. you will notice A-Rod has taken a step forward —- he IS the STAR!!! Do you not find that sort of amusing??

  • bill kellog

    Anyone know where I can get a photo or digital image of Mariano, taken from the back, standing in the bullpen in the 8th inning of the ASG, watching the game, looing at a packed house? We were watching the game, and several of us simultaneously said, “I want that photo.”

    • Erin

      Bill,

      I don’t have a photo of it, but I can give you a screen capture of that moment if you like!

      My email address is:

      stonehouse3045@gmail.com

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    I was at the 77 game, which as we all know didn’t go well for the American League. This game was the best game in All Star history.

    • dan

      Haha– we don’t all know that.

  • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

    anyone else find it funny that the all star game ticket says “watch on fox” on it?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      All the tickets are weird like that. The Derby ticket tells you to watch on ESPN. How can I watch the Derby on ESPN if I’m at the freakin’ event?

      • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

        Some idiot probably convinced FOX to pay alot of money for that advertising spot. Or if he worked for the league some genius.