The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.
The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7–7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage; that arrangement ended with the 2016 edition, where the AL team (which became the Cleveland Indians) also won home-field advantage; the AL would win the next six years, as well as the last four. The winning league had a 9-5 record in the corresponding year's World Series, with the AL going 6-5 in the 11 years it won the All Star Game and the NL going 3-0 in the three years it won the All Star Game.
This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.
|2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 15, 2003|
|Venue||U.S. Cellular Field|
|MVP||Garret Anderson (ANA)|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Tim McClelland|
|First Base||Larry Young|
|Second Base||Gary Darling|
|Third Base||Gary Cederstrom|
|Left Field||Mark Carlson|
|Right Field||Bill Welke|
|National League||American League|
|1||Édgar Rentería||Cardinals||SS||1||Ichiro Suzuki||Mariners||RF|
|2||Jim Edmonds||Cardinals||CF||2||Alfonso Soriano||Yankees||2B|
|3||Albert Pujols||Cardinals||LF||3||Carlos Delgado||Blue Jays||1B|
|4||Barry Bonds||Giants||DH||4||Alex Rodriguez||Rangers||SS|
|5||Gary Sheffield||Braves||RF||5||Garret Anderson||Angels||LF|
|6||Todd Helton||Rockies||1B||6||Edgar Martínez||Mariners||DH|
|7||Scott Rolen||Cardinals||3B||7||Hideki Matsui||Yankees||CF|
|8||Javy López||Braves||C||8||Troy Glaus||Angels||3B|
|9||José Vidro||Expos||2B||9||Jorge Posada||Yankees||C|
|Jason Schmidt||Giants||P||Esteban Loaiza||White Sox||P|
|WP: Brendan Donnelly (1–0) LP: Éric Gagné (0–1) Sv: Keith Foulke (1)|
NL: Todd Helton (1), Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Garret Anderson (1), Jason Giambi (1), Hank Blalock (1)
Starters Esteban Loaiza and Jason Schmidt were sharp early on, each throwing a scoreless couple of innings to start the game. In the third, Roger Clemens relieved Loaiza and threw a scoreless inning himself. Randy Wolf could not do the same, allowing Carlos Delgado to single home Ichiro Suzuki with the game's first run, and a 1–0 lead for the AL.
The lead would stand until the fifth inning, when Todd Helton gave the NL the lead with a two-run homer off Shigetoshi Hasegawa. The National League would go on to score three more runs that inning, on the strength of a two-run double from Andruw Jones and an RBI single from Albert Pujols, giving the NL a 5–1 lead.
In the sixth, Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer off Woody Williams to bring the AL back within two. Andruw Jones would get one of those runs back the next inning by hitting a solo shot off Mark Mulder. Jason Giambi got the run right back with a solo shot off Billy Wagner in the seventh.
In the eighth came Éric Gagné, who did not blow any saves in the 2003 regular season. The All-Star Game would prove to be the one blemish on his record for the year. Staked to a 6–4 lead, Gagne gave up a one-out double to Garret Anderson, who was replaced by pinch-runner Melvin Mora. Vernon Wells singled Mora home to make it a one-run game. Then Hank Blalock hit a dramatic, two-out go-ahead home run to put the AL up 7–6.
Keith Foulke came in the ninth to try to earn the save. Foulke closed the door and set the side down 1-2-3. Garret Anderson, who batted 3-4 with a double, home run and two RBI, was awarded the game's MVP honors, a night after winning the 2003 Home Run Derby.
|U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago—A.L. 47, N.L. 39|
|Carlos Delgado||Blue Jays||2||–||–||2|
The 2003 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 38th season in Atlanta and 133rd overall. The Braves won their 12th consecutive division title, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Florida Marlins. The Braves lost the 2003 Divisional Series to the Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2. The Braves finished 2003 with their best offensive season in franchise history, hitting a franchise record 235 home runs. Atlanta also had one of the most noteworthy combined offensive outfield productions in league history.
The Braves' starting rotation had new faces in 2003, but aged pitchers. Opposite of what they were traditionally known for in years earlier. Greg Maddux was joined by trade acquisitions Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz, free agent Shane Reynolds and rookie Horacio Ramírez. Critics noted had Atlanta had a younger staff with this offense, they would've been more likely to win the World Series. Marcus Giles had an All-Star season as the Braves' second baseman and Gary Sheffield as the Braves' right fielder. Sheffield finished with a top 5 voting in NL MVP voting. 2003 also marked the last season for Maddux, ending his tenure in Atlanta after 11 seasons.2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 2003 season was a turbulent period as News Corporation (Fox) was seeking to sell the team. Nevertheless, the Dodgers fell just short of a Wild Card berth, winning 85 games, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. The Dodgers pitching staff led baseball in earned run average, Éric Gagné became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988 as he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. Shawn Green set a new L.A. Dodger single season record with 49 doubles and Paul Lo Duca had a 25-game hitting streak.2003 Montreal Expos season
The 2003 Montreal Expos season was the 35th season for the Expos in Montreal and its penultimate season in Canada. It involved the Expos attempting to win the NL East. On August 28, 2003, the Expos led the NL Wild Card, tied for first place with the Marlins, Astros, Phillies, and Cardinals, but faded away in the stretch and failed to make the postseason, finishing 18 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and 8 games back of the Florida Marlins in the Wild Card. The Expos' 2003 record of 83-79 was identical to the one they finished with the previous year.2003 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 2003 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 121st season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in third-place in the National League East, 15 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and five games behind the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins, who were the NL's wild-card winner. The Phillies were managed by their former shortstop Larry Bowa, as they played their final season of home games at Veterans Stadium, before moving the club to Citizens Bank Park in 2004.
The Phillies missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season, tying a record set between 1984-922003 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 2003 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 122nd season of the franchise; the 117th in the National League. This was their third season at PNC Park. The Pirates finished fourth in the National League Central with a record of 75–87.2003 San Diego Padres season
The 2003 San Diego Padres season was the 35th season in franchise history.2003 Seattle Mariners season
The Seattle Mariners 2003 season was their 27th since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 2nd in the American League West, finishing with a record of 93-69.
One notable fact about the 2003 Mariners is that they used only five starting pitchers the entire season. The five starting pitchers were Ryan Franklin, Freddy Garcia, Gil Meche, Jamie Moyer and Joel Piñeiro.2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 75th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9–4, thus awarding an AL team (which would eventually be the Boston Red Sox) home-field advantage in the 2004 World Series.2004 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world.All-Star Final Vote
The All-Star Final Vote was an annual Internet and text message ballot by Major League Baseball (MLB) fans to elect the final player for each team that participates in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, after all other selections were made and announced. The first 33 players were selected by a combination of procedures. The sponsorship changed annually, but the contest remained similar from year to year. Each league presented a five-man ballot and gave the fans a few days to choose one final All-Star. This process was used from 2002 through 2018.Bill Welke
William Anthony Welke (born August 22, 1967) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He joined the major league staff in 1999 and wears uniform number 3, his brother Tim Welke's old number prior to his retirement.Rondell White
Rondell Bernard White (born February 23, 1972) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder and designated hitter. As well as being a solid defensive player, White also had a batting average of .300 or higher for four consecutive seasons from 1998 to 2001.Sox–35th station
Sox–35th is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in Chicago, Illinois, and serving the Red Line. It is situated at 142 W 35th Street in the Armour Square neighborhood. The station opened on September 28, 1969 along with the other stations on the Dan Ryan branch.
Currently, the station serves Guaranteed Rate Field, the stadium of the Chicago White Sox, and takes its name from this location, originally serving the now-demolished Comiskey Park (which was also known as "Sox Park" from 1962 until 1976, during the time of construction for Sox–35th), which had been located across the street from the current park. It is also close to the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as Shimer College and VanderCook College of Music, though the Green Line's 35th–Bronzeville–IIT is closer to some parts of that campus.
On April 3, 2011, a new station opened on the adjacent Metra Rock Island Line at 35th/Lou Jones/Bronzeville.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
2003 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
Website: Fox Sports - MLB News
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
|AL Wild Card Game|
|NL Wild Card Game|
|Little League Classic|