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All-Stars survive Queens 'Zoo'
New York’s second MLB All-Star Game in five years – and probably its last for at least another 20 – mostly went smoothly this past week, despite steamy weather and a spectacularly ill-timed shutdown of the 7 train after Monday’s Home Run Derby.
Oh, sure, there were some grumbles, including an entertaining rant on WFAN by Jerry Seinfeld against fellow Mets fans who booed AL All-Stars during introductions, an act he called “shameful,’’ “undignified’’ and “one of the lowest moments of my lifetime of Met fandom.’’
“I was in shock,’’ he said. “I was embarrassed. I thought it was horrible manners. These are the best players in the game you love that have come here to put on a show for you and we’re booing them like 5-year-olds, as if there’s some sort of real animosity. The American League is not the Taliban!’’
TV ratings for the game were mediocre, at best, with an average of 6.9 percent of homes, up from the record low of 6.8 last year. (The figure for the Pete Rose/Ray Fosse All-Star Game in 1970: 28.5!)
But there was no shortage of interest from media members. MLB issued more than 3,500 credentials compared to about 2,000 in Kansas City last year. Overflow media took over the entire Acela Club at Citi Field.
One result of the invasion of the sports scribes: Gridlock before the game in the visiting clubhouse.
Said Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander as he navigated the crowds: “What a zoo!’’