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1991: All-Star Game at SkyDome: Blue Jay All-Star Moments!

The Alomar brothers at the 1991 All-Star Game
The Alomar brothers at the 1991 All-Star Game

Number 5 on our list, not that the order really matters, is the 1991 game hosted by Toronto at SkyDome. SkyDome opened in June of 1989, so in 1991 it still had that new stadium smell. It was the second time the game was played outside of the US.  and it was the first time MLB had the FanFest with the game. Ferguson Jenkins threw the first pitch. 52,383 was the attendance. Were any of you at the game?

 Here is the logo:


We had 3 Jays named to the team. Roberto Alomar was voted in, Jimmy Key and Joe Carter were added by manager Tony LaRussa. The AL won 4-2.

Jimmy Key: At the break Key was 10-4, with a 2.23 ERA. His second half wasn't as good, he finished 16-12 with a 3.05 ERA

Came into the game in the 3rd inning, the AL's second pitcher. He got Tony Gwynn to lineout to first. Ryne Sandberg hit a double. Will Clark ground out to first. Key struck out Bobby Bonilla to end the inning. The AL scored 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and Key got he win. He became the 2nd Jay pitcher to get credit for an All-Star win, Dave Stieb got the win in 1983. The only other Jay pitcher to get a win was B.J. Ryan in 2006.

Roberto Alomar: He was hitting .283/.353/.445 with 6 homers, 40 RBI and 28 steals at the break. He finished the season at .295/.354/.436, 69 RBI, 53 steals and 88 runs. 

Roberto played the full game, batting 9th, 1 spot behind his brother, in the order. He didn't have a great day at the plate, going 0 for 4.  A fly out in the 3rd and a line out in the 4th, both off Expo Dennis Martinez. A fly out in the 6th against Pete Harnish from the Astros. And he made the AL's last out in the top of the 9th against Mike Morgan of the Dodgers

Joe Carter: He was hitting .302/.362/.564 with 19 homers and 59 RBI at the break. He slowed a bit in the 2nd half of the year, finishing .273/.330/.503 with 108 RBI. 

Joe replaced Ricky Henderson in the top of the 4th, and played the rest of the game in LF. He went 1 for 1 with a walk. He led off the 5th with a walk against Frank Viola of the Mets. And singled to lead off the 7th against Frank Viola of the Mets. He scored on Harold Baines sac fly, making it 4-2 for the AL.