Tuesday, July 14, 2009

All-Star Game Opening Ceremony Highlights for the ADD-Addled

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Did the sweeping music of the All-Star game's opening ceremonies lull you to sleep? Did the "All-Stars Among Us" video bore you to tears, or just cause you to change the channel? Did all that talking by MC Joe Buck aggravate you? If so -- but you still want to catch up on a bit o' baseball history that happened right here in St. Louis tonight -- here's your rundown, courtesy of a television that's older than the American League's winning streak.

Ryan Franklin and his beard are introduced.
  • Ryan Franklin and his beard are introduced.


A beaming Pujols.
  • A beaming Pujols.
Albert Pujols is introduced!
  • Albert Pujols is introduced!


There's Yadier Molina!
  • There's Yadier Molina!
Some of the "All-Stars Among Us."
  • Some of the "All-Stars Among Us."
President Obama -- who narrowly lost Missouri in the 2008 general election.
  • President Obama -- who narrowly lost Missouri in the 2008 general election.
There's W.
  • There's W.
...And Bill.
  • ...And Bill.
The First Bush.
  • The First Bush.
...And Jimmy.
  • ...And Jimmy.
There's the President. What jacket will he be wearing during the first pitch?
  • There's the President. What jacket will he be wearing during the first pitch?
Sheryl Crow sings the national anthem...
  • Sheryl Crow sings the national anthem...
A sweet jet.
  • A sweet jet.
The Delmar Loop, and Stan Musial's star gets a cameo.
  • The Delmar Loop, and Stan Musial's star gets a cameo.
Five Cardinal Hall-of-Famers.
  • Five Cardinal Hall-of-Famers.
Stan Musial rides out in a customized Mercedes-Benz golf cart and shakes a baseball at the cheering fans.
  • Stan Musial rides out in a customized Mercedes-Benz golf cart and shakes a baseball at the cheering fans.
Out comes the President to about half-boos, half-cheers. Maybe it's for political reasons, or the fact he's wearing a White Sox jacket.
  • Out comes the President to about half-boos, half-cheers. Maybe it's for political reasons, or the fact he's wearing a White Sox jacket.
Obama shakes hands with Musial.
  • Obama shakes hands with Musial.
Obama lines up to throw out the first pitch.
  • Obama lines up to throw out the first pitch.
He kicks up his leg...
  • He kicks up his leg...
Rocks forward...
  • Rocks forward...
He releases...
  • He releases...
Obama hugs Pujols after what's generally considered to be decent, as first pitches go, toss to home plate.
  • Obama hugs Pujols after what's generally considered to be decent, as first pitches go, toss to home plate.
The president greets Cardinal Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith.
  • The president greets Cardinal Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith.
A replay of Obama's first pitch wraps it up. And we're onto the game!
  • A replay of Obama's first pitch wraps it up. And we're onto the game!

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