Despite the inability of the NL to end an 11-year undefeated stretch for the American League, Soriano said he was proud of the way the team came back to make it a dramatic ending."We didn't win the game, but it was more important that we gave a very good show for the fans here in San Francisco," Soriano said. Soriano's late homer helped turn the night from a poor outing to one that was surely memorable. Prior to the at-bat in the ninth, Soriano had gone hitless in his two previous plate appearances. He lined out to left field when facing Chris Young in the fifth inning and struck out looking against Twins southpaw Johan Santana in the seventh. Lee, however, did put together a strong night even before his ninth-inning walk. The first baseman entered the game in the fifth inning, replacing starting first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers. A groundout in his first at-bat to Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia wasn't a great start, but Lee then recorded his lone hit, a single to center, in the eighth inning off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. Lee stole second base during the next at-bat and advanced to third on a passed ball but was stranded there. Though this was Lee's second All-Star appearance, he said this one was a bit more memorable than his first back in 2005. A lot of that was due to the fact that so many other people were able to partake in the event along with him. "It's been really fun to see them enjoy it so much," Lee said of his family. "They get really excited. Whether it was from getting the free stuff or walking by Barry Bonds or Ken Griffey Jr., it's been really fun to see them enjoy it so much."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.