SEATTLE -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was in Safeco Field's visiting manager's office Wednesday for the first time since 2001, when he was the National League's All-Star Game manager a year after taking the Mets to the World Series.
Valentine said he didn't remember the office, one of the more spacious ones in the American League for the visiting skipper, but he remembered most everything about the game, including Cal Ripken Jr.'s decisive homer to put the AL ahead to stay in Ripken's final All-Star appearance.
What Valentine said he remembered the most about the game was his lineup card, which included Albert Pujols, now a first baseman but then a versatile rookie with St. Louis Cardinals, coming off the bench to play third base and second base.
"I gave him the lineup card," Valentine said, adding that he told Pujols he'd play in many more All-Star Games, but that he wanted Pujols to have this souvenir from his first.
It was the only time that season that Pujols played second base; he was at third and first and in left and right during a Rookie of the Year campaign that saw him hit .329 with 37 homers.