2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 75th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9–4, thus awarding an AL team (which would eventually be the Boston Red Sox) home-field advantage in the 2004 World Series.
|Date||July 13, 2004|
|Venue||Minute Maid Park|
|MVP||Alfonso Soriano (TEX)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Muhammad Ali|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)|
Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Ed Montague|
|First Base||John Hirschbeck|
|Second Base||Doug Eddings|
|Third Base||Jim Reynolds|
|Left Field||Marvin Hudson|
|Right Field||Sam Holbrook|
|American League||National League|
|1||Ichiro Suzuki||Mariners||CF||1||Édgar Rentería||Cardinals||SS|
|2||Iván Rodríguez||Tigers||C||2||Albert Pujols||Cardinals||1B|
|3||Vladimir Guerrero||Angels||RF||3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF|
|4||Manny Ramírez||Red Sox||LF||4||Scott Rolen||Cardinals||3B|
|5||Alex Rodriguez||Yankees||3B||5||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||RF|
|6||Jason Giambi||Yankees||1B||6||Mike Piazza||Mets||C|
|7||Derek Jeter||Yankees||SS||7||Lance Berkman||Astros||CF|
|8||Alfonso Soriano||Rangers||2B||8||Jeff Kent||Astros||2B|
|9||Mark Mulder||Athletics||P||9||Roger Clemens||Astros||P|
|WP: Mark Mulder (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1)|
AL: Manny Ramírez (1), Alfonso Soriano (1), David Ortiz (1)
Home Run DerbyEdit
|Minute Maid Park, Houston—A.L. 47, N.L. 41|
|Barry Bonds||San Francisco||8||3||–||11|
|Sammy Sosa||Chicago (N)||5||–||–||5|
- Jack McKeon became the oldest manager to manage an All-Star game after becoming the oldest manager to manage a World Series in 2003 with the Florida Marlins.
- Roger Clemens gave up six runs in one inning for the first time in his major-league career.
- In the top of the first inning, the American League hit for the cycle for the first time in All-Star Game history.
- This was the first All-Star Game to be broadcast in high-definition.
- This was also the first All-Star Game in which Joe Buck, the play-by-play announcer for Fox, announced the coaches, reserves, managers and starters for both the American League and National League.
- Carlos Beltrán was originally selected to start in the outfield for the AL and represent the Kansas City Royals, but was traded to Houston a few weeks before this game, but still played in the game as a defensive substitution for Lance Berkman. Beltrán was on the roster was because original starter Ken Griffey, Jr. was hurt and Beltrán took his spot as a substitute.
- This was also the last All-Star Game for Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, as he would retire before the 2005 season.