2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game logo.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
American League 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 x 7 9 0
Date July 15, 2003
Venue U.S. Cellular Field
City Chicago, Illinois
Managers
MVP Garret Anderson (ANA)
Attendance 47,609
Television Fox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell

The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7–7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage; that arrangement ended with the 2016 edition, where the AL team (which became the Cleveland Indians) also won home-field advantage; the AL would win the next six years, as well as the last four. The winning league had a 9–5 record in the corresponding year's World Series, with the AL going 6–5 in the 11 years it won the All Star Game and the NL going 3–0 in the three years it won the All Star Game.

This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.

Rosters

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Notes

  • a Player was unable to play due to injury.
  • b Player was selected to start, but was unable to play due to injury.
  • c Player replaced an injured player.
  • FV Player was selected by the fans through the All-Star Final Vote.

Game

Coaching staffs

Umpires

Home Plate Tim McClelland
First Base Larry Young
Second Base Gary Darling
Third Base Gary Cederstrom
Left Field Mark Carlson
Right Field Bill Welke

Starting lineups

Game summary

Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:38  pm ( CDT) at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 1
American League 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 X 7 9 0
WP: Brendan Donnelly (1–0)   LP: Éric Gagné (0–1)   Sv: Keith Foulke (1)
Home runs:
NL: Todd Helton (1), Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Garret Anderson (1), Jason Giambi (1), Hank Blalock (1)

Starters Esteban Loaiza and Jason Schmidt were sharp early on, each throwing a scoreless couple of innings to start the game. In the third, Roger Clemens relieved Loaiza and threw a scoreless inning himself. Randy Wolf could not do the same, allowing Carlos Delgado to single home Ichiro Suzuki with the game's first run, and a 1–0 lead for the AL.

The lead would stand until the fifth inning, when Todd Helton gave the NL the lead with a two-run homer off Shigetoshi Hasegawa. The National League would go on to score three more runs that inning, on the strength of a two-run double from Andruw Jones and an RBI single from Albert Pujols, giving the NL a 5–1 lead.

In the sixth, Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer off Woody Williams to bring the AL back within two. Andruw Jones would get one of those runs back the next inning by hitting a solo shot off Mark Mulder. Jason Giambi got the run right back with a solo shot off Billy Wagner in the seventh.

In the eighth came Éric Gagné, who did not blow any saves in the 2003 regular season. The All-Star Game would prove to be the one blemish on his record for the year. Staked to a 6–4 lead, Gagne gave up a one-out double to Garret Anderson, who was replaced by pinch-runner Melvin Mora. Vernon Wells singled Mora home to make it a one-run game. Then Hank Blalock hit a dramatic, two-out go-ahead home run to put the AL up 7–6.

Keith Foulke came in the ninth to try to earn the save. Foulke closed the door and set the side down 1-2-3. Garret Anderson, who batted 3–4 with a double, home run and two RBI, was awarded the game's MVP honors, a night after winning the 2003 Home Run Derby.

Home Run Derby

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago—A.L. 47, N.L. 39
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Garret Anderson Angels 7 6 9 22
Albert Pujols Cardinals 4 14 8 26
Jason Giambi Yankees 12 11 23
Jim Edmonds Cardinals 4 4 8
Gary Sheffield Braves 4 4
Carlos Delgado Blue Jays 2 2
Richie Sexson Brewers 1 1
Bret Boone Mariners 0 0
Semifinals Finals
           
1 Jason Giambi 11
4 Albert Pujols 14
4 Albert Pujols 8
2 Garret Anderson 9
2 Garret Anderson 6
3 Jim Edmonds 4

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