Greatest All-Star Game moments in Boston Red Sox history
Through the years, dozens of Red Sox stars have represented Boston at the MLB All-Star Game. In fact, the All-Star MVP award is named after Sox legend Ted Williams. We reflected on our favorite Red Sox moments in All-Star Games from the unforgettable to the unexpected.
Ted Williams blasts walk-off in 1941
With two on and two outs, Red Sox legend Ted Williams stepped to the plate as the winning run in 1941. His American League squad trailed 5-4. With one swing, Teddy Ballgame erased it.
As Williams trotted down the first baseline, he clapped twice. "I've never been so happy and I've never seen so many happy guys," Williams would later write in his autobiography. "I had hit what remains to this day the most thrilling hit of my life."
The memorable three-run walk-off homer came in the middle of Williams' unassailable .406 season. Though the MLB didn't hand out an ASG Most Valuable Player Award until 1962, the trophy is now named after Williams.
Manny, Papi both homer in 2004
2004 was obviously an unforgettable season for the Red Sox for reasons unrelated to the All-Star Game. Still, Boston's stars showed out in Houston that year at the break.
Outfielder Manny Ramirez opened the game with a bang, taking Roger Clemens deep in the first inning for a two-run shot. Later in the game, teammate David Ortiz replaced him. Ortiz used his signature uppercut swing to launch a low Carl Pavano breaking ball into Minute Maid Park's right field upper deck.
The American League would go on to win the game, which eventually gave the Red Sox home field advantage in the World Series. The rest, as they say, is history.
J.D. Drew wins 2008 All-Star Game MVP
At 4 hours and 50 minutes, the 2008 All-Star Game is tied for the longest MLB All-Star Game in history. So when J.D. Drew lined a two-run, game-tying homer to the old Yankee Stadium's short porch, many viewers had already likely tuned out.
Still, Drew's late-game heroics earned him the Ted Williams MVP Award and a Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (think he still drives that?). The AL would go on to win, 4-3, in 15 innings.
2008 was Drew's only All-Star Game appearance, but he became one of four Red Sox players to ever win the MVP award.
Carl Yastrzemski goes 4-for-6 in 1970 loss
In a rare occasion, Red Sox centerfielder Carl Yastrzemski won the MVP award in a losing effort.
Though the National League outlasted the American League, 5-4, in 1970, Yas did all he could for the AL. The Hall of Famer went 4-for-6 with an RBI and five total bases. No other player, on either team, recorded more than two hits in the game.
Pete Rose scored the game-winning run from second by barreling over AL catcher Ray Fosse on a play at the plate. Don't expect any Rose-esque collisions in the upcoming All-Star Game.
Roger Clemens perfect in 1986 ASG debut
In his first ever All-Star Game, Red Sox ace Roger Clemens completely shut down the National League hitters. Clemens pitched a perfect three innings, which earned him the game's MVP honors.
Clemens threw just three balls (and 21 strikes) in his three innings of work, while striking out two. It was the first of 11 All-Star Game appearances for Clemens, then 23-years-old. Clemens and the American League got the win in the All-Star Game, but the 1986 World Series wouldn't go as smoothly for the Red Sox.
Pedro Martinez lights up Fenway Park in 1999
Strikeout. Looking strikeout. Strikeout. Strikeout. Error. Strike-him-out, throw-him-out.
That's how the 1999 All-Star Game began at Fenway Park for Pedro Martinez. It's truly miraculous to watch, and the crowd's reactions make it all the more special.
The Red Sox superstar became the first pitcher to strike out the side in an All-Star Game, and fanned five of the first six NL batters. Among his victims: Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell.
Martinez's incredible two innings made him the second player in ASG history to be named MVP in front of a home crowd. He would go on to win the American League Cy Young and finish second in league MVP voting.
Ted Williams honored before 1999 ASG at Fenway
In one of the most special moments in Fenway Park history, arguably the greatest hitter of all time, Ted Williams, emerged in a golf cart in center field to a standing ovation from 37,000 fans.
The All-Stars on the field, from Derek Jeter to Nomar Garciaparra, applauded and looked on in awe at the legend. When Williams' cart arrived at the pitcher's mound, players from both teams swarmed him, eager to shake hands with the Hall of Famer.
To this day, the 1999 game is the only MLB All-Star Game hosted at Fenway, and Williams was luckily a part of it. Williams passed away three years later, in 2002, at age 83.