The National League has lost to the American League 13 times since the NL won the All-Star Game in 1996 -- the 2002 All-Star Game was a tie -- and the drought is now over. And for once, I managed to see the key plays.
We weren't watching the All-Star Game, they've been too depressing with the Senior Circuit's run of defeats, but at around 10:55pm EDT I tuned in to FOX and saw the Chicago Cubs' Marlon Byrd was at the plate, facing a Chicago White Sox pitcher with an 0-2 count, 2 outs, runners on 1st and 3rd and the AL league up 1-0 in the top of the 7th. This is a classic Cubs situation. The sole representative of the Chicago NL franchise in the game, Byrd managed to extend the count to 3-2 and then walked, loading the bases. Atlanta Brave Brian McCann then sent one to rattle around by the right field wall. One run in, two runs in. And then Byrd had a marvelous slide across home plate, beating the throw and the NL took the lead 3-1. And that would turn out to be the final score. With the inevitable pitching change for the AL, it was time to put the kitties to bed. So I saw the best five minutes of the game. (grin)
As for the title of this post, you can forgive a Cubs fan for taking his victories when he can. While McCann hit the ball and was named the MVP, it was Byrd who kept the inning alive and scored the last run and put the AL down by two. Why? What were you thinking?