My first All Star game! I was thrilled once i finally made the decision to come. I came in thorough the LF gate as they were taking team photos, I just missed the NL, and caught the AL as I made my way to the AL bullpen to hopefully get some shots of Jered warming up. I saw Howie/s BP from RF --- Hamilton hit some monster blasts. McGuire is the only other person I've seen hit the video board.
Jered finally came out to RF and did some stretching and long toss in the OF, but they were doing player intros, so I headed toward the IF on the 1B side, before heading to the third deck, so I missed Jered in the bull pen - sucked cuz I had situated myself nicely. But i did some shots of Howie and Jordan on intros - you could see they were nervous, even more so as the Fox camera moved closer and closer to them.
My seat was the third row behind home plate in the top deck - a great shot for pictures I figured. It was nice to get a picture of Jered writing what I suppose was "NA" in the back of the mound before the first pitch. Striking out Beltran was the Halo highlight I thiink. I also liked the fact Walden and Howie came into the game at the same time in the 5th and my seats were nicely aligned to get the two of them on the field. Walden escaped, getting just one K and two outs on the bases - chalk it up to nerves. Howie had a chance to tie the game, and then again at the end he would have had the same chance if Kornerko didn't make the final out.
Despite the shortcomings of Walden and Howie, I think this was an above average AS game for the Halos as Weave represented well, and all 3 of them got in the game with more than reasonable playing time.
Hope you enjoy the pics. Sucks the NL won but I'm glad I went.