2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2001 MLB All-Star Game
!1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1
American League 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 x 4 8 0
Date July 10, 2001
Venue Safeco Field
City Seattle, Washington
Managers National League - Bobby Valentine (NYM)
American League - Joe Torre (NYY)
MVP Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
Attendance 47,364
First pitch Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Tony Perez
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
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.

Umpires

Home Plate Dana DeMuth
First Base Dale Scott
Second Base Jim Joyce
Third Base Jerry Layne
Left Field Ron Kulpa
Right Field Tony Randazzo

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
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

Game summary

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.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1
American League 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 8 0
WP: Freddy Garcia (1-0)   LP: Chan Ho Park (0-1)   Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (1), Magglio Ordóñez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

Home Run Derby

Safeco Field, Seattle—N.L. 41, A.L. 25
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
* USA Diamondbacks 5 5 6 16
  • DOM
Cubs 3 8 2 13
  • USA
A's 14 6 20
  • USA
Giants 7 3 10
  • USA
Mariners 3 3
  • USA
Rockies 2 2
  • USA
Rangers 2 2
  • USA
Angels 0 0
  Semifinals Finals
                 
1  Jason Giambi 6  
4  Sammy Sosa 8  
    4  Sammy Sosa 2
  3  Luis Gonzalez 6
2  Barry Bonds 3
3  Luis Gonzalez 5  

Trivia

Cal 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.[1]

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