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Desert sun sets on memorable All-Star Week

Desert sun sets on memorable All-Star Week

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PHOENIX -- Thank you, Arizona. The 82nd All-Star Game came and went like a strong summer wind through the valley, and the long-awaited week left memories we won't forget:

Brian Wilson vs. Paul Konerko with two on and two out in the ninth.

That fang logo. Major League Baseball is about a month away from the unveiling of Kansas City's 2012 All-Star logo, and it is safe to say there will be no reptilian elements. It was a unique treatment for an always-modified logo. We'll also remember those snakeskin numbers on the back of custom T-shirts and jerseys worn by players and fans.

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Prince Fielder blasting a three-run homer off C.J. Wilson, and the American League perplexed by the combination of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Jair Jurrjens. "It's hard to beat great pitching and a three‑run homer," winning National League manager Bruce Bochy said with a grin.

We'll remember Fielder sitting with his two children on each side of him in the postgame press conference, sharing with them a special moment of winning the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy.


"American Idol" winner Jordan Sparks of Glendale, Ariz., belting a single to start the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrities Softball Game -- then belting out a perfect national anthem before the All-Star Game.

"Jus-tin Up-ton!"

Fans along the parade route during the scorching All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, some of them screaming to Jose Reyes to play home games in their cities.

A sellout crowd of 47,994 needing little encouragement to Stand Up To Cancer after the sixth inning of the All-Star Game. If you walked around the ballpark during that moment, you were moved by seeing fans each writing a different person's name to fill in the blank where it said: "I STAND FOR __________" We'll remember Laura Ziskin.

Heath Bell not just sprinting in from the NL bullpen, but actually sliding into the pitcher's mound. Safe! Then it was the big grins on the faces of Yadier Molina, Pablo Sandoval and other infielders.

A Chase Field gametime temperature of 72 degrees on Tuesday, when it was 99 outside. Cool water mists throughout town, helping everyone cope with triple-digits.

Robinson Cano jumping into the arms of his father, Jose. It was like old times for them, dad pitching to son, and son blasting baseballs with passion. After all those weeks and months of Yankees drawing big votes, it was interesting to see that the main impact by a Yankee in All-Star Week was a second baseman beating out a Red Sox star in a fantastic finale.

That one kid who made the incredible diving catch in the outfield during the Home Run Derby.

Luis Gonzalez and Justin Upton everywhere you looked. Gonzo, who provided the winning hit when the D-backs won it all a decade ago, was a legend ambassador for the event and he provided the signature moments in the softball game and served as grand marshal for Tuesday's All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet. Upton was at Tuesday morning's Pepsi Max launch event at FanFest, then at the Red Carpet parade, and then 0-for-2 after replacing Lance Berkman in right.

The sign at a stand across the street from Chase Field that read: "Frozen Water, Large 24 oz, 3 for $5.00." Some people call it ice.

A check for $603,000 presented by State Farm and MLB after the Home Run Derby. That included $150,000 to David Ortiz's charity as the winning league's captain, and $25,000 to Fielder's charity as the losing league's captain. The rest went to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including $120,000 that stays in the community to improve and refurbish teen centers.

The South Joplin (Mo.) Little League playing in the Jr. RBI Classic. The heartbreak of tornados was replaced by the joy of participating in All-Star Week.

Bryce Harper hitting ooh-ahh bombs into the Diamond Club about 500 feet out in right-center during batting practice before the XM All-Star Futures Game. And the look on everyone's faces watching it around the cage, including his contemporary prospects.

That weird tip of the cap Wilson did during All-Star lineup introductions.

A's prospect Grant Green doubling twice to help the U.S. team beat the World team, 6-4.

John and Roxanna Green escorted by All-Star managers Bochy and Ron Washington to home plate, where they presented the lineup card. The moment of silence for the Greens' 9-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, and the others who lost their lives in the January shooting down in Tucson. We'll remember Danny Hernandez, the big hero who helped U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- throwing out the first pitch along with Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola.

Another lip-dub by the D-backs organization, this one appropriately set to the Smashmouth tune of "All-Star." It was shown to the crowd to get pregame under way, and seriously there is not another club in Major League Baseball that can bring that kind of heat. Lip-dub leaders.

Fan Cave West.

New blood. A whopping 34 of the 68 players for the All-Star Game were participating in the festivities for the first time. And we will remember it as the year you needed a scorecard to keep track of your scorecard. The original 68 players selected for the game morphed into a record 83, as guys like Derek Jeter took a pass.

We'll remember all of the community work that stays as a lasting legacy for the Greater Phoenix area.

Stan Musial over Cal Ripken Jr.

Cacti on Parade scattered around the Greater Phoenix area, 13 of the coolest saguaro cacti around the Valley of the Sun. OK, so a couple of them had the balls stolen at the base. One of the cacti will be auctioned off to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. We'll also remember the replica cactus figurines that were given as parting gifts to everyone who came to the All-Star Gala on Monday night.

All that wonderful All-Star Game merchandise that was so fashionable during the week. It's always one of the big reasons people come to FanFest, along with legend autographs, interactive games, collectible displays, live events and so much more. People just like to be around other fans, celebrating the game.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. You also can leave comments on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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