MINNEAPOLIS -- Having served as a coach for the American League staff in two All-Star Games, manager Ron Gardenhire knows what it's like to watch the Midsummer Classic up close.
Gardenhire first served as a coach under Angels manager Mike Scioscia in 2003 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field and under Tigers skipper Jim Leyland in 2007 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
Both times the AL emerged victorious, taking down the National League with scores of 7-6 in '03 and 5-4 in '07.
"I've been fortunate enough to be involved in a couple," Gardenhire said. "One in Chicago and one in San Francisco. Both of them were fun, to just see the elite players get together in one dugout talking and laughing. Those are fun."
But as for his favorite Midsummer Classic moment, you have to go all the way back to 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, and the famous play in which the Reds' Pete Rose barreled into Indians catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 12th inning for the Senior Circuit.
"I think All-Star Games are a little bit different now than back in the day, when they were a show," Gardenhire said. "I still look at the highlights of Pete Rose running into Ray Fosse. I remember watching that game. So that was probably one of my biggest memories. And you see it all the time. So you see it over and over and over again."
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