The Major League Baseball All-Star Game has “counted” since 2003, meaning the winning league of the midsummer classic gets home field advantage in the World Series. The American League won the first seven ASGs since the changed started, then the National League won three in a row.
But the NL streak was snapped Tuesday night (July 16) when the AL won 3-0, aided by shut-out innings at the end of the game by hall-of-fame closers Mariano Rivera and Joe Nathan.
Rivera, 43, has played in 13 All-Star Games in his 19-season career and his retiring after the 2013 season, so when he took the field in the eighth inning, no other all-stars took the field until he had had his moment to come in from the ASG bullpen one last time. He later said the moment was “priceless.”
Did you watch the 2013 midsummer classic?