Originally created 07/10/02

All-Star game ends in tie



MILWAUKEE -- In Bud's backyard, even the All-Star game ended with fans booing baseball.

Despite Barry Bonds hitting a home run and Torii Hunter making a spectacular catch, the All-Star game finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings Tuesday night when both teams ran out of pitchers.

Commissioner Bud Selig, who lives in Milwaukee and formerly ran the Brewers, made the ultimate decision to call the game. It was the first tie in All-Star play since a game in 1961 was stopped by rain.

"I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the fans," Selig said. "Given the health of the players, I had no choice.

"The decision was made because there were no players left, no pitchers left," he said. "This is not the ending I had hoped for. I was in a no-win situation."

No matter to the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Miller Park - and no doubt to fans nationwide.

There were loud chants of "Let them play!" and "Refund!" as Freddy Garcia struck out Benito Santiago with a runner on second base to end it. Once it finished, some fans in right field threw bottles.

With worries about a players' strike and steroids looming over the sport, baseball tried to put the focus back on the field - at least for a day.

But an entertaining evening that began with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Cal Ripken taking part in festivities to honor the past wound up with fans even more angry and upset.

"This is a very regrettable situation," Selig said.

There was no MVP picked. Bad timing, too, since the trophy was renamed this week to honor Ted Williams, the Hall of Famer who died Friday.

It became apparent that a tie was possible after the top of the 11th when AL manager Joe Torre, NL manager Bob Brenly and umpire crew chief Gerry Davis went over to talk with Selig in the front row next to the first-base dugout. At one point, Selig threw up his arms.

After Luis Castillo flied out to start the bottom of the 11th, the stadium public-address announcer informed the crowd of the bad news, saying a tie would be declared if the NL didn't score in the bottom half.

Garcia and Vicente Padilla, who finished for the NL, each pitched two innings.

The result left intact the AL's five-game winning streak. The NL leads the overall series 40-31 - and now with two ties.