Watch: On this date 1988, All-Star game Riverfront Stadium
MLB All-Star Game
July 12, 1988
Final: AL 2 NL 1
I'm still bitter that NL Manager Whitey Herzon only got Chris Sabo into the game to pinch-run. Sabo did steal second base. Barry Larkin was 0 for 2. Danny Jackson, who would finish 23-8 2.73 that year, did not get into the game.
What a nondescript game it was. The teams combined for just 11 hits and three runs.
Terry Steinbach, elected as a starter despite hitting .217 in the first half, won MVP honors. He hit a solo homer off Mets ace Dwight Gooden in the third inning. I remember the shot was nearly robbed by outfielder Darryl Strawberry. Steinbach added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to drive in the AL's only other run.
The only run for the National League came on a wild pitch from Mark Gubicza (Royals), allowing Vince Coleman (Cardinals) to score.
Vice President George H. W. Bush threw out the first pitch.
Rain was an issue during the All-Star week. The Home Run Derby was canceled the day before the game.