2005_07_stejada.jpgThe excitement in the All-Star game came long after most fans had turned off their televisions. Gothamist can’t blame them as the American League jumped out to a 7-0 lead after six innings before some shaky relief pitching allowed the National League to claw back into the game. In the end, seven runs was too big a deficit to overcome and the AL hung on for a 7-5 victory.

All five local players at the All-Star game made appearances in it. Carlos Beltran (1-3) and Mike Piazza (0-2) both started for the National League. Alex Rodriguez (1-2) started for the AL with Gary Sheffield (0-1) grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Mariano Rivera came on and faced one batter to get his second All-Star game save.

With the early blowout, the only compelling storyline was whether or not Kenny “Don’t stick a camera in my face!” Rogers would actually get to pitch. He did, entering the game to a chorus of boos and then giving up two runs on three hits while reminding Gothamist of the days when he pitched in New York. Miguel Tejada was named MVP after going 1-3 with a HR.

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