Outfielder J.D. Drew, who smacked a two-run homer before being named MVP of the All-Star Game, may have been needed as an emergency pitcher if Tuesday's 15-inning marathon had gone on much longer.
American League manager Terry Francona conceded that with his pitching resources all-but exhausted, Drew was in his thoughts for a spell on the mound.
“But if they told me to do it, that’s what I would have done,” added Drew, who said he last pitched in a game in high school. “I’d have thrown some stuff up there. But it wouldn’t have been very pretty, that’s for sure.”
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"I spoke to David Wright," said Hurdle. "I told David, `You were the last pick [on the roster]. I went and got you. Have you ever pitched in an All-Star Game?'
"I said, `You wanted to be in this thing. That's all I've read, all I've heard, for the last three days. Well, you won't believe how much you might be in it here real quick.'"
It was at that point that Wright realized what was happening here. If Lidge ran out of steam sometime before dawn, he might really find himself pitching. In an All-Star Game.
In his actual lifetime.
"I told him I was ready," Wright reported. "I was just hoping to get one out, so I'd have an ERA in the All-Star Game."
Thinking back on his pitching career, Wright concluded that the last time he'd pitched was "probably Little League." And was he any good? "Well," he replied, "I'm not a pitcher now. Am I?"
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The all-star game could have come down to Drew and Wright on the mound.