COMMENTARY | The New York Yankees currently have two representatives - Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera - at next week's All-Star Game. As the mid-summer classic approaches, here's a look at some of the Yankees' most memorable All-Star performances, including some from both Cano and Rivera:
Derek Jeter (2000) - Jeter went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the American League's 6-3 win at Atlanta's Turner Field. Although hometown hero Chipper Jones also went 3-for-3 (including a home run) on the losing side, Jeter was named the game's Most Valuable Player - the only Yankee to win the award first issued in 1962. He's also the only player to ever win the All-Star Game and World Series MVP awards in the same season. Jeter's .440 All-Star Game career batting average (11-for-25) ranks fifth all-time.
Lefty Gomez (1935) - Gomez, starting his third straight All-Star Game, hurled six innings - an All-Star Game record - and surrendered only three hits and one run while striking out four, including Hall of Famer Joe Medwick. In front of nearly 70,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium, the American League won 4-1. Gomez would also start the 1937 and 1938 All-Star Games and finished his All-Star career with a 3-1 record and 2.50 ERA. He's tied with Don Drysdale and Robin Roberts for most All-Star Game starts.
Babe Ruth (1933) - Besides drilling the first home run at Yankee Stadium when it opened 1923, Ruth hit the first All-Star Game home run 10 years later, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The Bambino's two-run shot in the bottom of the third inning off the St. Louis Cardinals' Bill Hallahan put the American League squad up 3-0 over the National League. The 38-year-old Ruth, who would only play one more All-Star Game in his career, also singled and struck out twice.
Robinson Cano (2011) - With his father, former Houston Astros pitcher Jose Cano, tossing to him, Cano hit 32 long balls in the Home Run Derby, beating out Adrian Gonzalez, who finished with 31 home runs. Cano's most impressive shot was a 472-foot drive that landed past the swimming pool at the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field. He also became the third Yankee to win the derby, joining Jason Giambi (2002) and Tino Martinez (1997). A year later, Cano was shut out in the first round of the derby at Kansas City's Kauffman Field, where he was booed for not picking the Royals' Billy Butler to join the American League's derby squad.
Mariano Rivera (1997-2011) - Since 1997, Rivera has been named to 12 All-Star teams and appeared in 8 games. In all, he's tossed eight innings, struck out five, and allowed a total of five hits, no walks, and no earned runs. He's also earned four saves - an All-Star record not likely to be broken. (No active reliever has more than one All-Star save.) Only Johnny Vander Meer and Mel Harder have pitched more All-Star innings without allowing an earned run.
Joe DiMaggio (1949) - DiMaggio - playing centerfield and batting clean-up - singled off Warren Spahn in the first inning, scoring the game's first run. In the sixth inning, his two-run double plated his brother Dom DiMaggio and put the American League squad up 8-5. The American League would go on to win 11-7.
Dave Winfield (1983) - Winfield led the American League with three hits (including a double), scored twice, and drove in one run in the AL squad's 13-3 rout over the National League.
Howard Z. Unger is a freelance journalist in Brooklyn, New York. For the past 15 years, he has written about sports, media, and popular culture. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, New York Post, and New York Times.
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