Wedge remembers 1979 All-Star Game

Wedge remembers 1979 All-Star Game

Wedge remembers 1979 All-Star Game
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge enjoyed watching All-Star Games growing up. It was more of a novelty back then, with the National League and American League facing off for just the Midsummer Classic and the World Series.

It was a moment in the All-Star Game when he was an 11-year-old that still shines the brightest in Wedge's mind. It was 1979, Dave Parker was in right field and Brian Downing stood on second. With the NL trying to keep the game tied in the eighth inning, Parker fielded a single on a large hop and fired a frozen rope to the plate. Gary Carter took the throw and made the tag on a sliding Downing to preserve the tie.

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As fate would have it, Wedge was in the same city where that memorable All-Star moment occurred as he recounted the play-by-play that took place in the now-imploded Kingdome.

"I used to love watching it at home," Wedge said. "That was my favorite All-Star moment. I was just real excited to see that type of baseball, with those kind of talented people. Of course being a catcher, what Carter did at home plate, that's something I'll never forget."

Wedge was selected to be part of the game as a coach in 2006, but said that "the next time I go, it's going to be for the right reasons."

Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.