07/10/2002 3:15 AM ET
All-Stars reflect on performances
Many players left impressed by their peers
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- After retiring six of the seven All-Stars he faced Tuesday night, including consecutive strikeouts of Shea Hillenbrand, Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi, a reporter suggested to Curt Schilling that he made it look pretty easy.
"Looks can be deceiving," said the right-hander, who threw 24 strikes in 28 pitches over two innings. "It was everything I had for two innings. I threw the ball as hard as I could throw the ball for two innings. That's what I was planning on going out there and trying to do today."
When he spoke, the game was still going on outside the media room and Schilling's comments were even more prophetic after seeing what happened to the rest of the pitchers in his division. His Arizona teammate, Byung-Hyun Kim got rocked in his first career All-Star appearance when he allowed two earned runs and three hits in one-third of an inning. San Francisco's Robb Nen and Los Angeles' Eric Gagne and Odalis Perez each gave up a run, though Perez's was unearned.
"It's a great thing to get out there and face those guys," said Nen, who allowed a stolen base to Detroit's Robert Fick, the first Fick has recorded since 2000. "I just wish I had thrown a little better, but it was one of those days."
The only other NL West hurler besides Schilling to escape unscathed was San Diego's Trevor Hoffman, who allowed one hit but no runs in a scoreless sixth inning. The hit he allowed was a double to Paul Konerko, who along with Arizona's Damian Miller, tied an All-Star Game record shared by five other players when they each had a pair of two-base hits.
"All I can say is it was quite the experience, being able to hang out in the clubhouse with these players, the best players in the world," said the Wisconsin native Miller, who tied a record held by Barry Bonds, among others. "It would be hard to top this for personal goals."
But Miller was not the only person on cloud nine.
"Yesterday, A-Rod and I were talking about the game and I told him if he got up there with two outs and nobody on that I was going to throw him nothing but fastballs and they were going to be the best fastballs I could throw," said Schilling. "When he came up to the plate I walked up to change balls and I said, 'Right here, my best to your best.'
"And we got to play it out. I was like a kid in a candy store. It was fun. I don't know any other way to describe it. It was one of the few times I can remember as a Big Leaguer where you can actually enjoy the moment."
But those comments came while the game was still going on. Afterward, Schilling weighed in on the strange ending that saw the first tie since 1961.
"I understand that [fans paid a lot of money] but they got to see 11 innings of pretty damn good baseball. I mean, does it change the fact that they didn't see a team win? Seriously?
"Here's the problem, [the media is] going to focus on the fact that we ended the game after 11 innings instead of talking about Torii Hunter's catch, Damian Miller in front of the home crowd. That'll be like a side note.
The Dodgers' Shawn Green agreed.
"It's obviously an exhibition game and you run out of pitching on both sides, there's nothing you can do," he said. "It's a first for me, I've never seen anything like that, but hopefully the fans understand."
Curt Schilling, (left), talks with Sammy Sosa prior to the All-Star Game.
Josh Rawitch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.