ANAHEIM, Calif. — As expected, the long and successful life of George Steinbrenner was honored before Tuesday's All-Star game with a moment of silence before the National Anthem. The memorial occurred just after players of both teams converged near the Angel Stadium mound for an impromptu meet-and-greet with MLB's "All-Stars Among Us."
Fans of the Los Angeles Angels greeted the initial announcement of Steinbrenner's name with a nice round of cheers. A taped introduction of Derek Jeter's(notes) first at-bat by the late Yankee announcer Bob Sheppard also received a warm set of applause.
Though most of the majors are decidedly anti-Yankee on most days, the crowd rallied around the pinstripes after a tough few days in the Bronx. Steinbrenner died on Tuesday after a heart attack, while Sheppard passed away at age 99 on Sunday.
Both men received a much nicer response than any of the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox during pregame festivities. Because of the Angels' recent playoff battles, players from both teams were loudly booed upon being introduced to the crowd. Alex Rodriguez(notes) jokingly tried to sidestep the catcalls by waving to the crowd during Torii Hunter's(notes) cheers, but he got what was coming to him once the public address announcer moved on to his name.
A-Rod's best tactic may have been to come dressed in his old Texas Rangers uniform. Despite being on a division rival that's seriously threatening to end the Halos' AL West dominance, no Ranger received any derision that was as loud as the boos directed toward the Yankees or Red Sox players.