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Picture of the Day: Let’s just forget about the 2002 All-Star Game

Jul 15, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

While checking out the sites and sounds from Citi Field this afternoon, our own Craig Calcaterra noticed that the out-of-town scoreboard featured scores of the recent All-Star Games. A nice touch by MLB. However, one game in particular was curiously absent.

Look closer:


Yes, MLB apparently wants us to forget that the 2002 All-Star Game ever happened. Of course, that’s the one that ended in 7-7 tie after both teams ran out of pitchers. Quick, somebody ask Torii Hunter if he remembers making this catch. I fear that MLB may have greater powers than any of us imagined.

  1. texasdawg - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    If only Vicente Padilla hadn’t been too drunk to pitch.

    • embinoratsicus - Jun 15, 2015 at 5:40 PM

      He pitched 2 innings. It was Bud Selig and the managers who decided he wasn’t going to go 3.

  2. Ben - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Kinda takes away from their “It counts” line when you can end the game with a tie.

    Not that anyone cares about the All Star game counting.

    • ezthinking - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Umm… it’s why MLB started “it counts.” Are you too young to remember that?

  3. sgtr0c - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I wish tonight was baseball season

  4. bronco58lb - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Yesterday ESPN Sportscenter revealed their top 10 All-Star Game moments and they had Torii Hunter robbing Barry Bonds of a HR in the 2002 Midsummer Classic at No. 9.

    It was no doubt a great play, but it has no business being on the list considering the game was a dud.

    Dave Parker’s home play assist from RF in the 1979 ASG did not make the list.

    • blacksables - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      That’s because, as great as the throw was, it was high and off-line, and it was Carter making the catch, blocking the plate with one foot, and getting the tag down that made the play.

    • umrguy42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Actually, if he *hadn’t* robbed him of the homer, then maybe the game wouldn’t have ended in a tie. So, clearly, this is all Hunter’s fault.


  5. wheels579 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    This should inspire plenty of confidence in Team Selig as it prepares to attack the honesty and integrity of the players accused in the Biogenesis scandal.

  6. drewsylvania - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This is nothing. Bud changed the rules for one player so that player couldn’t win a batting title.

  7. moogro - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    That’s really unnecessary and weird.

  8. rcali - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Someone better send an email to Bud Selig about this.

  9. mmkundrat77 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    4th Wall Sports has a sweet Fantasy Baseball All-Star article if you are interested!

  10. Jeremy T - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    As great of a catch as that was, the main thing I took away from that video was how much I want them to go back to wearing their normal uniforms

  11. misterj167 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Look, I happen to know for a fact that 2002 just never happened. I don’t mean the game, I mean the whole year was a byproduct of a CIA mind control experiment in conjunction with our alien overlords with the help of the seven Jews who run the world. This is really 2012, not 2013.

    It’s true. look it up.

    • albertmn - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Get help, please.

      • crackersnap - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Your sarcasm meter may need a slight adjustment…

      • misterj167 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Hey if albertmn really thinks I was being serious, he’s the one who needs help

      • albertmn - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Well, mister, you not only laid out your anti-Jew views, you then proceeded to say “It’s true, look it up.”

        Your claim that it was just sarcasm later holds as much validity as all of the idiot players apologizing for their stupid tweets about the Martinez verdict or the Pouncey’s Free Hernandez hats because their teams told them to apologize. You are still stereotyping someone based on religion/ethnicity and ripping on those people.

      • misterj167 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        Just for that, albertmn, I’m not going to tell you about the secret UN program to steal your Cap’n Crunch

  12. beerjunkie - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Lets just forget about all all-star games, period.

    • albertmn - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Get help, please.

      • albertmn - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Sorry, you may or may not need help, but I was intending to reply to the anti-Semite above.

      • misterj167 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Lighten up, Francis

  13. jdvalk - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Ah, MLB revisionism, just like those who pass over the blow off of a World Series in 1994.

  14. leroysbutler - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    After the tie game in Milwaukee of all places, Bud Selig should never have shown his face in public ever again.

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