07/14/2004 1:32 AM ET
Thome, Abreu have fun
Loss doesn't dampen experience for Phils duo
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- A win would have been nice. So would a base hit. But in the end nothing was going to ruin the 75th All-Star Game for Philadelphia first baseman Jim Thome and outfielder Bobby Abreu.
|Jim Thome and Bobby Abreu were thrilled to be part of the All-Star festivities. (Eric Gay/AP)
"It was just great to be here," Abreu said. "This has been fantastic, really fantastic."
"What a great night for the fans," he said. "When you're part of something like this with all these great players it really is special. The fans got to see a lot of great players and several home runs. I wish we could have hit a few more for our side."
Abreu pinch-hit for Mets lefty Tom Glavine in the seventh and struck out in his only plate appearance.
Thome came in the game for Albert Pujols in the sixth. He struck out against Toronto's Ted Lilly with two on and two out in that inning.
"I had a chance to drive in a run there and he didn't get the job done," Thome said. "He made a good pitch."
Thome said the six runs the AL put on the board in the first set the tone for the evening. The NL was playing catchup before they came to bat, and would get no closer than three runs the rest of the way.
"When a team plays that well, all you can do it tip your hat," Thome said.
Of course the win means the Junior Circuit will have home-field advantage in the World Series again this year. That could impact a team like the Phillies, who are at the top of the division race in the NL East.
Thome supports the All-Star Game being linked to home-field advantage for the Fall Classic, even though it could wind up hurting his team this year if the Phillies make it that far.
"I definitely think it's been good for baseball," he said. "I think it's added more competitiveness to the game, and I think that the fans like it and that's important. I hope they keep it."
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.