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All-Star Adam

7/15/09
Written by: Anna C.

The 80th All-Star Game proceeded without any major surprises - except maybe for the fact that it ended with nine innings played in approximately two and a half hours, a much needed break after last year's nearly 5-hour, 15 inning marathon. Once again, the American League won.

And this was due to our very own first-time all-star, Adam Jones. With one out in the top of the eighth inning, Jones hit a sacrifice fly that scored Curtis Granderson from third to break the tie, what proved to be the game-winning run. When Jones stepped up to the plate, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, the Fox Sports broadcasters, described the talented young player as an up-and-coming star, and recounted accolades shared by Joe Girardi earlier this season. Though it would have been nice to have more than one Oriole on the team, at least the one chosen received the recognition he deserves and represented Baltimore well.

As part of the camp that does not like having homefield advantage for the World Series determined by the All-Star Game (at least with the player selection process as it now stands), I still find myself watching religiously, and it was nice to be rewarded by seeing Jones get more than one at-bat. And as an interesting sidenote, during a montage of clips from games played thus far, one that caught my attention was of Trembley yelling from the dugout during his recent argument which led to ejection and ultimately, suspension. The one moment of extreme passion exhibited by Trembley so far this year was broadcast nationally - maybe this will light a fire under the team for the second half.

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