Dave Sheinin’s All-Star game story started where it should: with the National League pitcher who earned the win, D.C.’s Tyler Clippard.
The gate to the home bullpen swung open in the top of the fourth inning, and the man who would become the winning pitcher in the 82nd All-Star Game jogged to the mound, goggles over his eyes, the Fugees blaring over the loudspeakers, a couple of runners on base, two outs. What followed, perpetrated by one of the most anonymous participants on one of baseball’s biggest stages, may have set a new standard for an old baseball tradition: the vultured win.
And yet as Sheinin later noted, another Washington All-Star — former Senators pitcher Dean Stone — had accomplished the same feat in the 1954 game. Which meant I simply had to go back into the archives and read Bob Addie’s account of that game. The top of his story is reproduced below.