It’s All-Star Game Time
If you know much about me, I am a sports fan. My favorite baseball team is one of the most frustrating in the game---The Seattle Mariners---sure they won a record 116 games back in 2001, but they are only one of two franchises to never have been to the World Series---the other team being the Washington Nationals--formerly the Montreal Expos.
The 2013 edition of baseball's All Star Game hits the Big Apple Tonight around 7pm at the ballpark the NY Mets call home---Citi Field. I did a little research and came up some COOL facts about tonight's game--which does have importance, the final will determine home field advantage for the World Series.
•First COOL Fact The New York Mets' Matt Harvey will start for the National League All-Stars. And the last time a pitcher started an All-Star Game in his home ballpark was Roger Clemens with the Houston Astros back 9 years ago in 2004.
•The guys managing the All-Star teams---each for the 3rd time are: San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy and Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland.
•The very first All Star game was played back 80 years ago in the Windy City in 1933 at Comiskey Park.
•82 Major League Baseball All-Star Games have been played, with the National League winning 43 of them , the American League has won 38 of them, and what the fans find very frustrating there have been two ties.
•Grand Salami Time----California Angels outfielder Fred Lynn is the only player to hit a grand slam in the game, and this happened back 30 years ago in 1983.
•Four players have won the All-Star Game MVP award twice: Willie Mays (1963, 1968), Steve Garvey (1974, 1978), Gary Carter (1981, 1984), and Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991, 2001). And there are a couple of former MVPs are playing in this year's game: the Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann (2010) and Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (2011).
•This is the last All-Star game to be handled by FOX's Tim McCarver, who is actually retiring at the end of this season.