As the manager of the 2007 National League champion Rockies, Clint Hurdle got the pleasure of managing the NL squad in the memorable 2008 All-Star Game at the old Yankee Stadium -- all 15 innings of it.
The American League ended up coming out on top, 4-3, at 1:38 ET the next morning.
Recalling the game, there is not one particular play or sequence from the game that sticks out to Hurdle more than the rest. He remembers it all, including the two leads the NL relinquished, all the double plays they turned to get out of jams and the anticipation that came with Corey Hart's throw to home, where Justin Morneau scored the winning run.
"I do not know who was going to pitch next if we play another inning," said Hurdle, now the skipper of the Pirates. "I challenged [Mets third baseman] David Wright. That probably would've put me in the Northern League managing the next year if that would've happened. It was a wonderful experience and memories for a lifetime."
An especially memorable part of that night for Hurdle occurred before the game even started, when all the baseball legends in attendance walked off the field to the NL squad's dugout.
"For those men to walk off and be able to shake their hands and them to talk to me, using my name," Hurdle said. "Not 'son' or 'pal' or 'kid', but 'Hey Clint, go get 'em tonight' or 'Good luck.' You know Johnny Bench, just all of them to come off and shake my hand. It's one of the most chilling moments I've had."
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.