Drew was unsure if he would have gotten anybody out.
"If he would have told me to do it, that's what I would have done," said Drew. "I would have thrown some stuff up there. I got a little sneaky stuff here and there."
Across the way, Hurdle was trying to manage what was turning into a difficult situation. Lidge also made his appearance in the fateful 15th."I was doing Chinese arithmetic from the sixth inning on," he said. "I felt like I was in Algebra class. It got wild. You knew going in that you had the rules. Everything's laid out. We had what we had. And I'm so proud of the way the pitchers we gave the ball to showed up." Lidge had warmed up five times prior to entering the game, and Hurdle thought Lidge may have been able to go just one more frame.
"I spoke to David Wright," said Hurdle. "I told David, 'You were the last pick, I went and got you. Have you ever pitched in an All‑Star Game?'
"I said, 'You wanted to be in this thing, that's all I've read, all I've heard for the last three days. You won't believe how much you might be in it here real quick.' He said, 'Let's go.' He's good to go."
The latest rules were implemented after the 2002 debacle when managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly had to advise Selig that their pitching staffs were shot. That year, the AL had a staff of nine pitchers and the NL had 10. Afterwards, rosters were expanded from 30 to 32 players each, including a mandatory pitching staff of 12. Of the dozen, the players pick eight -- five starters and three relievers. The managers add the other four.Plus, home-field advantage in the World Series began to be awarded in 2003 to the winning league, and for the sixth consecutive year since then the AL will have it. "Everybody understood the ground rules," Selig said. "There was no misunderstanding. There was no contingency. We were going to play the game to the end. That was the contingency. What happened in Milwaukee will not happen again. I really believe that the things that we implemented worked. If we hadn't done them back then there's no question we would've had a problem tonight. But it worked out. In the end it didn't matter."
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.