I couldn't believe the introduction to the game. Jeannie and the other dope started interviewing Ernie Harwell about the great Al Kaline and cut him off in mid-sentence to go to some idiotic production number.
They didn't even have the decency or finesse to make a dignified transition and show Ernie the respect he deserves.
AL manager Terry Francona, who led the Red Sox to their first title since 1918, had an odd turn in the ninth inning: He got to bring in Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, who ended the game by striking out Morgan Ensberg for his second All-Star save. "I heard Johnny Damon say something like, `Come on Mo,"' Francona said, referring to the Red Sox center fielder. "I looked at him and I said, `I bet I never would have heard you say that.' It was OK. You know what, for one night, it was pretty cool."