The current All-Star format was the brainchild of Philadelphia Phillies chairman Bill Giles. It was embraced by Selig and instituted unanimously by the owners after the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee ended in a 7-7, 11-inning tie because both teams ran out of pitchers."There are people who don't like it," Selig said. "Every change we've ever made has been controversial. In a practical way, I thought then and I still do that not only could we re-energize the game, but it would help us in other ways. One year, the AL had home-field advantage, the next year the NL had it. It wasn't Einstein's theory of relativity, that's for sure. It was a no-brainer. Now there's some drama to it." The first year in Chicago, Hank Blalock of the Texas Rangers pinch-hit late in the game and jolted a two-run homer that gave the AL a come-from-behind, 7-6, victory. The last two AL victories have been more mundane, although Selig liked the NL's spirit on Tuesday as it came back from a 7-0 deficit only to fall short in the ninth inning. "The National League battled right to the very end," Selig said. "It has been a good four-day celebration for baseball. The city of Detroit did itself proud."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less