|Date||July 10, 2001|
|Managers||National League - Bobby Valentine (NYM)|
American League - Joe Torre (NYY)
|MVP||Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)|
|First pitch||Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Tony Perez|
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver|
|Radio announcers||Charley Steiner, Dave Campbell|
The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seattle Mariners of the American League. The American League defeated the National League, 4–1. This was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final All-Star Game.
|Home Plate||Dana DeMuth|
|First Base||Dale Scott|
|Second Base||Jim Joyce|
|Third Base||Jerry Layne|
|Left Field||Ron Kulpa|
|Right Field||Tony Randazzo|
|National League||American League|
|1||Luis Gonzalez||Diamondbacks||RF||1||Ichiro Suzuki||Mariners||CF|
|2||Todd Helton||Rockies||1B||2||Alex Rodriguez||Rangers||SS|
|3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF||3||Manny Ramírez||Red Sox||LF|
|4||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||CF||4||Bret Boone||Mariners||2B|
|5||Larry Walker||Rockies||DH||5||Juan González||Indians||RF|
|6||Mike Piazza||Mets||C||6||John Olerud||Mariners||1B|
|7||Chipper Jones||Braves||3B||7||Edgar Martínez||Mariners||DH|
|8||Jeff Kent||Giants||2B||8||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||3B|
|9||Rich Aurilia||Giants||SS||9||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C|
|Randy Johnson||Diamondbacks||P||Roger Clemens||Yankees||P|
In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez elected to switch to third base so Cal Ripken Jr. could play his original shortstop position, which the crowd applauded. The move allowed Ripken to set the record for most MLB All-star appearances at shortstop (15). Seattle's own Ichiro Suzuki gave his hometown fans something to cheer for early, when in the first, he singled off starter (and former Mariner) Randy Johnson, and then stole second. Randy Johnson stranded him at second to hold the AL scoreless in the first inning. Ripken followed this with a solo home run in the third inning, which also got a standing ovation, to put the AL up 1–0.
The AL scored one more run in the fifth when Iván Rodríguez singled home Jason Giambi to make it 2–0. Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one in the sixth, scoring Jeff Kent from third. In the sixth, with the score 2–1, Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordóñez hit back to back home runs off Jon Lieber to extend the AL's lead to 4–1.
That ended the scoring for the night. Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the side in order in the ninth to secure the win for the AL. Cal Ripken was awarded the game's MVP, becoming the fourth player ever to win two All-Star Game MVP awards.
|WP: Freddy Garcia (1-0) LP: Chan Ho Park (0-1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (1), Magglio Ordóñez (1), Derek Jeter (1)
Home Run Derby
TriviaCal Ripken, Jr., most famous during his career as a shortstop, was elected as a third baseman to start the game. Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez was elected to start at short. However, Rodriguez insisted that Ripken playing shortstop for the first inning. American League manager Joe Torre agreed and allowed the change. When fans noticed the fielding change, they gave both players a standing ovation.
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