MLB Comissioner Bud Selig confers with the game umpires in the 11th inning during the MLB All Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game was ruled a tie. (Photo By Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The plate umpire in Tuesday's All-Star Game should be a familiar face to Commissioner Bud Selig.
Have another look at the photo attached to this post. You know you want to. It's one of the most indelible images of Commissioner-for-Life Bud Selig's tenure, the night he threw up his hands and declared the 2002 All-Star Game at Miller Park a tie.
The umpire standing to Selig's left was the home plate umpire in that game. And guess what? The same man will be the plate umpire next Tuesday:
Gerry Davis will be the home plate umpire for next week's All-Star game, the second time as crew chief for the 29-year veteran.
Davis, who also worked the plate for the infamous 7-7, 11-inning tie at Milwaukee in 2002, will be joined next Tuesday in Kansas City by Jim Joyce (first), Brian Runge (second), Tony Randazzo (third), Lance Barksdale (left) and Brian Knight (right).
Now that we have 34 players on the All-Star teams, it seems unlikely we'll ever see a situation like the one ten years ago, ever again... but then, Bud Selig is still Commissioner, so you never know. In addition, Brian Runge has been an umpire in two perfect games this year -- behind the plate for Philip Humber's and at third base for Matt Cain's. He won't likely have to worry about that on Tuesday... and then, there's Jim Joyce, who could have been an umpire during a perfect game, but... well, you know.
That's probably more than you ever wanted to know about the All-Star Game umpires. Carry on.