MLB All Star Game 2011: A Video Timeline Through the Midsummer Classic

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MLB All Star Game 2011: A Video Timeline Through the Midsummer Classic
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Every baseball fan has a special memory from the Midsummer Classic. Those memories can include a young rookie making his All-Star Game debut or an aging star playing in his last.

The memory can be a home run, or in recent generations, a home run derby.

The defensive-minded fans may remember a great inning or two their favorite pitcher hurled in which he struck out the side. Some fans simply enjoy the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the game itself.

Whatever your All-Star memory is, it belongs to you and like a lot of great sports moments or memories, you will never forget where you were when you watched it.

Maybe you were fortunate enough to attend an All-Star Game, having a beer and a hot dog with your favorite family member or friend. Maybe you were sitting in the only room of the house that was cooled by the window-unit air conditioner, watching as a 10-year-old kid.

I would even be willing to bet that your memory of an MLB All-Star Game is not complete with which league won or lost, and that is what makes this event so special—the fact that what is important is the baseball itself, the stars on the field and not who wins.

The game is about your heroes, or now, your kids’ heroes.

Hopefully, everyone that is playing is doing it for the love of the game. If you are an adult, the All-Star Game is a time to remember when you were a kid and if you’re a kid, well, you’re dreaming about playing in the game one day yourself.

Leading up to the Midsummer Classic, you probably saw many lists about the greatest players and games in All-Star history.

Since MLB does its level best not to leave any fan or team out of this game, my list will try to do the same. So, if you have a few extra minutes before the first pitch tonight, sit back and enjoy some of the great moments in All-Star history.

I would like to thank the Baseball Almanac and baseball-reference.com for the use of their stats and play-by-play accounts on these great Midsummer Classic moments.

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