The National League won the 2011 All-Star Game on July 12, 2011, sealing the deal with a three-run homer from Brewer Prince Fielder and good pitching.
But that happened only after Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez gave the American League a short-lived lead with a solo homer with two outs in the top of the fourth inning on Tuesday night. In doing so, he also broke a long drought in home runs at the ASG. Gonzo’s blast marked the first HR since another Red Sox J.D. Drew hit one out in 2008 at Yankee Stadium.
Before the lefty slugger Gonzalez connected on Phillies southpaw Cliff Lee’s 0-1 cutter over the wall in right-center, there had been 208 All-Star at-bats between the homers by Drew and Gonzalez.
Intriguing for Cryptomundians is the tidbit that surfaced this week demonstrating that Cliff Lee may be reading these same pages here with you all everyday. Recently, this following item appeared online, although the incident may have occurred as long ago, unfortunately, during the Georgia hoax business.
Buster Olney of MLB and ESPN shared this Cliff Lee story in his blog:
Cliff Lee has been known by his teammates for being incredibly competitive and intense. But unlike most pitchers, he tends to be his most talkative before and during games he pitches.
Most starting pitchers make it be known by teammates that they are to be left alone, within their zone of focus, on the days that they pitch. But whether it’s because of an overflow of nervous energy, or just confidence, others have noticed that Lee likes to talk before his starts. He was about to make one of his starts in a past season when the news broke that some animal remains had been found — and an initial claim, by those finding the parts, was that the remains were those of Bigfoot.
Lee told teammates he was sure that finally — finally — evidence of Bigfoot had been found; he was sure this was history. Those around him kept telling him that, no, this couldn’t be right, that the body parts couldn’t be Bigfoot. This debate over Bigfoot went on for awhile, in the last minutes before he took the mound.
It was an example, in the eyes of someone in the room, of Lee’s own confidence in his plan and his pitching preparation that he could carry on this conversation without concern for the game about to start.
Then again, Cliff Lee could have been reading about the new Erickson Project developments recently, humm?
Thanks to Malcolm Cone-Coleman of NESN for bringing this Cliff Lee stat-squatch-fact to my attention.