Dominant NL simply overpowers AL

Senior Circuit wins second straight All-Star Game with an impressive performance

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- He held the baseball in his hands with two outs in the ninth inning, as 47,994 people roared and his jet-black beard dangled in the desert night.

But as Brian Wilson prepared to throw the final pitch of the 82nd All-Star Game on Tuesday night, he was struck by the thought that the baseball wasn't all he was holding.

At that point, said The Beard, "you're playing for something bigger than just yourself."

And by that, as best we can tell, he wasn't referring to his facial ...

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