GRIFFIN: All-Star managers reveal lineups
The The All-Star starting pitchers David Price of the Rays and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies sat at the head table next to managers Joe Girardi of the Yankees and Charlie Manuel of the Phillies. Also at the head table representing the AL as she has since MLB went under one umbrella abolishing the titles of league presidents was Jackie Autry. Representing the NL was Bill Giles, long associated with the Phillies and son of former NL president Warren Giles.
Commissioner Bud Selig got the press conference underway with an outline of the main charities being helped by the All-Star Game. He talked about being close to Hollywood (not that close) and all the stars that would be out for the game and of course be seen on TV during the game. Then a guy from People magazine talked about the connection between MLB and the magazine promoting everyday all-stars that make a difference. It's called All-Star Among Us. Nice touch.
Funny that the first time the game was played in Anaheim was 1967, the longest all-star game ever with Tony Perez hitting a game-winning homer in the 15th inning. What's funny is that it's the first All-Star Game that I have a clear memory of. After that, I recall them all, starting to work with the Expos in 1973.
AL LINEUP: Ichiro RF, Jeter SS, Cabrera 1B, Hamilton CF, Guerrero DH, Longoria 3B, Mauer C, Cano 2B, Crawford LF, Price P.
NL LINEUP: Ramirez SS, Prado 2B, Pujols 1B, Howard DH, Wright 3B, Braun LF, Ethier, Hart RF, Molina C, Jimenez P
Charlie did well in announcing his lineup only making two pronunciation mistakes: Martin Prado was announced PARDO and Andre Ethier was pronounced ETHER. Nice job, Charlie.