2009 All-Star Games
Scene of St. Louis
The city of St. Louis hosted the All-Star game on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. It was the city's first All-Star game since the NL won 2-1 in 10 innings across the street at old Busch Stadium.
President and the legend
President Barack Obama, left, escorts Hall of Famer Willie Mays on his arrival at Lambert St. Louis International airport Tuesday. Obama became the fourth president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star game, following John F. Kennedy (1962 first game), Richard Nixon (1970) and Gerald Ford (1976 and 1978).
First pitch by the first fan
U.S. President Barack Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday. The pitch barely reached the plate, as Cardinals star Albert Pujols helped the president, moving up on the plate and reaching out to scoop the low toss.
Having a ball
Philadelphia's Shane Victorino hits a foul ball during the All-Star game. Victorino went 1-for-2 and scored one run for the National League.
Ancient Mariner (and Yankee)
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki laugh during team introductions before the game. The two were the old men of the American League, with Jeter playing in his 10th All-Star game and Ichiro in his ninth.
Forcing the issue
The Rangers' Josh Hamilton, below, is forced out at second base by the Astros' Miguel Tejada while the Phillies' Chase Utley looks on. It was the first All-Star game without a home run since 1999.
Former Cardinals, from left to right, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and Bob Gibson look on before the All-Star game.
American League All-Star Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-1 in the All-Star game.
Philadelphia's Jayson Werth throws his helmet after striking out in the seventh inning Tuesday. The American League pitchers retired 18 consecutive batters at one point.
Giant start, giant nerves
National League starting pitcher Tim Lincecum of the Giants pitches in the first inning Tuesday. "To be honest with you, I was feeling a lot of nerves out there, first All-Star game for me, just a lot to take in," said Lincecum, who missed last year's game at old Yankee Stadium when he was hospitalized with flulike symptoms.
Not in the Cards
Cardinals star Albert Pujols avoids getting hit by a pitch from White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle during the third inning Tuesday. Pujols, who was the center of attention all week in St. Louis, did not hit the ball out of the infield.
He's truly the man
Hall of Famer Stan Musial holds up the ball for the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday. Eight Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales paraded around the warning track, beginning a nearly hourlong pregame ceremony that culminated in the introduction of Musial.
Bell tolls ... and toils
Padres pitcher Heath Bell reacts to allowing a triple to the Tigers' Curtis Granderson in the eighth inning Tuesday. Granderson went on to score the winning run, and Bell took the loss.
An All-Star catch
Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford catches a ball hit by Colorado's Brad Hawpe in the seventh inning Tuesday, saving a home run and earning him MVP honors. Asked if the catch Tuesday night was his best ever, Crawford was quick to respond. "It's got to be the top play," he said. "I was over the wall. It would've been a home run."
Act of glove
Rays left fielder Carl Crawford slams into the wall as he catches a fly ball hit off the bat of Rockies slugger Brad Hawpe.
The Tigers' Curtis Granderson, right, is congratulated by teammate Edwin Jackson after defeating the National League 4-3 on Tuesday. The AL has not lost the All-Star game since 1996, and ensured that the AL pennant winner will have home-field advantage for the World Series.