The final All-Star Game of the 20th century was held at Fenway Park, a game that saw 49 nominees for MLB's All-Century Team be introduced to the crowd prior to the first pitch of the exhibition.
For nearly half an hour, 28 of those nominees—and all of the active players—crowded an 80-year-old Ted Williams on the mound, prompting multiple pleas from the public address announcer for the players to return to their respective dugouts so that the game could start.
Once the game got underway, Boston's Pedro Martinez toed the rubber for the American League.
This was Pedro at the peak of his dominance, as evidenced by his numbers at the break: 15-3 record with a 2.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and an incredible 184 strikeouts in 132.2 innings.
Further evidence of his dominance came in the top of the first inning, when Martinez struck out the side, retiring Barry Larkin, Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa on 18 pitches.
Mark McGwire became his fourth consecutive strikeout victim to lead off the second inning, but an error by second baseman Roberto Alomar allowed Matt WIlliams to reach base and put a temporary end to Pedro's whiffing ways.
Pedro would strike out the next batter, Jeff Bagwell, with a filthy 3-2 curveball, one that Ivan Rodriguez caught and fired to second base to catch a stealing Williams for an old-fashioned "strike-him-out, throw-him-out" double play.
The American League would go on to win 4-1, with Pedro taking home MVP honors. He also became the first AL pitcher to win an All-Star Game at his home field and tied an American League record with five strikeouts in one Midsummer Classic.
*This pick legitimately came down to a coin flip, as Ted Williams had one of the best offensive performances in All-Star Game history in 1946 and was equally deserving of being the selection here.