Originally Posted by TheChamp24
I remember going to the All Star Game in 1998. It was AMAZING. Of course, further was amazing due to my dad winning the car they gave out at the end, and being on the field next to a lot of those guys, shaking Roberto Alomar's hand as he gave the keys to my dad.
A lot of HOFers in that game. Maddux, Clemens, Griffey, Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Gwynn, Ripken, Jeter, ARod, Pedro Martinez, on and on.
2005 had a good group:
ARod, Ortiz, Manny, Vladdy Guerrero, Tejada, Teixiera, I think what killed it was the lack of big names throughout on the pitching roster. Matt Clement, Jon Garland, Colon, kenny Rogers, baez, Bob Wickman, Duescheser, etc. Meh.
NL had some good names there, but also actually a lot of one/two year wonders. Morgan Ensberg really jumps out, as well as others. Also guys who were solid, but nothing spectacular.
I think baseball is going to start to be getting back to those spectacular rosters now. Just look at the guys at this years game, 19 or so are under 26 years old.
That's awesome....winning a car and being on the field with all of those players would have made it an epic experience....plus you got to experience it with your Dad.
It was so hot and miserably humid at the 2005 game and I sat by myself before meeting up with everyone later and standing to watch the game from a poor vantage point sucked. Only being able to get single seating tickets made a big difference in the enjoyment level.
It really never cooled off all night and that can make for a miserable time, as I hate humid 90+ degree weather. It was still a good time, but didn't meet my own expectations, partially due to the reasons I mentioned.
The players you listed in the 1998 game are the ones I would love to have seen and grew up watching. I got to see some great players, but not like the list you had in 1998.
That's a once in a lifetime experience you had....something you and your Dad will always remember.
BTW....what kind of car did he win?