The 1997 All-Star Game had lots of intrigue associated with it coming into the game, but all the sub-plots were overshadowed by one swing of the bat.
The Indians were hosting the All-Star Game for the fifth time, and for the first time at Jacobs Field. They had last hosted the game in 1981, but that game had come just after a 50-day players strike. So it had been a while since the Indians had hosted a game not interrupted by labor strife.
Albert Belle, who had jumped ship to Chicago last winter, was back in town, and he was met with the expected boos from the Cleveland fans. Kenny Lofton was also back in town as a National League All-Star, and he was cheered by the fans. Also getting a ovation was Curt Schilling of the Philadelphia Phillies; the Indians needed starting pitching badly, and Schilling had asked for a trade. Schilling appreciated the cheers, but he wouldn't be traded until 2000, and it would be to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sandy Alomar was appearing on his fifth All-Star team, and was in the midst of a career season. He came into the game with a 30-game hitting streak, and hitting .375/.408/.608. He was not voted in as a starter; Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers had that honor. He would get just one at-bat because of the nature of the game, but he made it count.
Edgar Martinez gave the AL a 1-0 lead with a home run in the second inning off Greg Maddux. The NL tied the game in the seventh with a Javy Lopez solo shot. In the bottom of the inning, Alomar came to the plate with two outs and a runner on second.
Here's what happened next:
Alomar became the first Indian to be named the All-Star Game MVP.