In the final round of the 2009 Home Run Derby, Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers defeated Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers 6-5. Prince Fielder hit a ball 503 feet for the first time in his career.
*Jayson Werth was added to the National League All-Star Team in replacement of Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets who was on the Disabled List.
7/12: Zach Duke and Trevor Hoffman replaced pitchers Jonathan Broxton and Matt Cain as due to injuries. Carlos Pena also took over second base for the AL as Dustin Pedroia's wife was due with child.
7/14: Evan Longoria sat out of the 2009 All-Star Game with a finger infection. Michael Young of the Texas Rangers was moved up to the starting line-up while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's Chone Figgins was added to the reserves roster.
These things are little more than chances for fans to see if player A is really better than player B. Giving home field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins is a load of grade-a bullshit.
It's starting to get to a point where watching the All-Star Game just isn't fun anymore if you are a fan of a National League team. The NL hasn't won the All-Star Game since 1996; that's 13 years! Every year, you think to yourself, "this is going to be the year" and it really looked that way this time around, but in the end, the American League found a way to win. The game isn't that entertaining of a show in the first place, but this year's was a big deal as President … more
The game was close and should have rated as a nail biter. Other than the Ryan Howard strikeout in the 8th and the Carl Crawford catch, you could have skipped this one. The only excitement was the inning that the NL scored all their runs and during that time Obama visited with Messrs McCarver and Buck and the game was virtually ignored.