I watched the All Star Game. If you want to relive it with me, read on.
6:30 p.m. Fox Sports intro begins. That dude’s voice is weird.
Joe Buck touring the American League clubhouse gets told off by Derek Jeter to usher in the obligatory voiceover, which reaffirmed the fact the show belongs to the Captain.
6:33 p.m. Fox’s pre-game coverage begins, and I start counting the minutes until it ends.
6:35 p.m. Nice, celebrity-filled tribute to Jeter begins.
6:37 p.m. First commercial break. This is going to be a long blog post.
6:39 p.m. Pre-game coverage resumes. They’re still talking about Jeter. Now Jeter is talking to Harold Reynolds about meeting Hank Aaron, still feeling young and giving effort.
6:42 p.m. Highlights of Jeter’s clubhouse speech, where he told the younger players to remember every time they put their uniforms on.
6:45 p.m. Second commercial break. I wish they’d just let Jeter anchor the pre-game coverage from the dugout. That’d be cool.
6:47 p.m. Player and coach introductions. Those hats don’t look half bad, actually.
6:53 p.m. National League manager and starting lineup introductions.
I hope Puig hoses someone at the plate.
6:56 p.m. American League manager and lineups announced. A huge cheer for Jeter erupts. Imagine that.
6:59 p.m. I assume this is a salute to teachers, and I was right. Thanks teachers, and thanks Idina Menzel, for not singing “Let It Go.”
7:06 p.m. The national anthem, sung by Menzel. Glad it wasn’t Roseanne.
7:10 p.m. First trip to the booth. Buck explains the home-field advantage factor, which I’m still up in the air about. Reynolds continues to wax poetic about Jeter.
7:16 p.m. National League lineup announced again. I don’t know why.
7:17 p.m. Erin Andrews interviews Giancarlo Stanton. She asked about ball he hit in the Home Run Derby that almost left the park and is one of the only memorable things about the event, which was a snoozefest.
7:19 p.m. First pitch. It’s a ball so naturally Felix Hernandez gets a new baseball. Jeter makes a great diving stop, but can’t throw out the runner. On replay, he may have.
7:22 p.m. They just showed Rod Carew throwing the ceremonial first pitch. I don’t know why.
7:28 p.m. American League lineups announced, Jeter leads off.
7:30 p.m. The ovation calms down long enough for Jeter to take a swing, but not before he congratulates the National League catcher. Then he promptly smacked a double.
7:34 p.m. Mike Trout ropes a triple, Jeter scores and the American League takes a 1-0 lead. Here we go again.
7:37 p.m. Miguel Cabrera hits a frozen rope over the fence in left for a two-run homer, and the American League leads 3-0 in the first inning. This doesn’t look great.
7:40 p.m. Mercifully, the first inning is over.
7:45 p.m. The National League’s Aramis Ramirez gets a one-out single. At least it won’t be a no-hitter.
7:49 p.m. Chase Utley rips a double off of the fence in right, and Ramirez scores to cut the AL lead to 3-1. It’s one of the few times I’ll be proud of a Philly.
7:51 p.m. Utley scores after Jonathan Lucroy doubles to left, and the NL trails 3-2. This is looking better.
7:53 p.m. Carlos Gomez pops to the catcher, then yells at him because he didn’t drop the ball. Not with home field on the line.
8:12 p.m. Yu Darvish throws an eephus. It’s enjoyable for all.
8:19 p.m. Jeter hits a bloop single to right. Target Field erupts.
8:30 p.m. Jeter is substituted by another shortstop, begins walking off of the field to thunderous applause and obliges the crowd with a curtain call before hugging each person in the AL dugout. The announcers are silent.
8:33 p.m. Jeter trots up the dugout steps for a final curtain call, and the game resumes.
8:39 p.m. Lucroy rakes a double to right and ties the game 3-3 in the fourth. It’s a brand-new ball game.
9 p.m. I’m starting to yawn, and wonder if there’s a point to this anymore since Jeter’s gone.
9:09 p.m. Mike Trout has done it again. He went and gave the AL a 4-3 lead with an RBI double, and I am now sad.
9:13 p.m. A wild pitch comes back to the catcher, who barehanded it off of the wall. Finally, some excitement.
9:14 p.m. The AL hits a sac fly to left and takes a 5-3 lead in the fifth. Bummer.
9:22 p.m. Jeter’s talking in the dugout. Always classy, and, as others have said tonight, a great ambassador for baseball. Even if he is a Yankee.
9:31 p.m. The announcers finally let Jeter go so he can enjoy the game. Media members. Good grief.
9:46 p.m. AL manager John Ferrell is talking. I’m not paying attention.
9:50 p.m. Joe Nichols unleashes God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch, as soldiers are shown from overseas. That was cool.
9:53 p.m. Release the Kimbrel.
9:57 p.m. Poor Freddie Freeman. Runs into the wall and a fans glove trying to catch a foul ball, and then commits a tough error on the next play.
10:02 p.m. The seventh inning finally ends. Whew.
10:08 p.m. Freeman has a base hit to right.
10:11 p.m. A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle has the beard of champions, but he no longer has the ball. Pitching change.
10:17 p.m. Mariners’ pitcher Fernando Rodney records a strikeout, strikes a pose.
10:23 p.m. Aroldis Chapman, who may or may not have thrown a 106-mile-an-hour fastball, enters the game.
10:25 p.m. Adam Wainright, who started the game for the NL and surrendered the leadoff double to Jeter, said he grooved the pitch to the game’s opening batter. Twitter didn’t like that very much so he cleared it up during a short dugout interview with Erin Andrews. We’re all thankful.
10:31 p.m. Twins pitcher Glen Perkins records a strikeout to thunderous applause.
10:32 p.m. The AL ends the game, gets a 5-3 win in the 85th MLB All-Star Game and earns home-field advantage in the World Series.
10:40 p.m. The Angels’ Mike Trout is awarded the All-Star Game MVP award and earns a Corvette. He’s having a good day.
I’m bummed about the outcome of the game, but the best part of the game was Derek Jeter. As far as the All-Star Game goes, the captain went out with class.