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VIDEO: Remembering When Tori Hunter Robbed a Barry Bonds Home Run at the Infamous 2002 MLB All-Star Game

David Kaestle
Torii Hunter robs a Barry Bonds home run.
Torii Hunter robs a Barry Bonds home run. / Twitter: @TDISportsclips
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The 2002 MLB All-Star Game is remembered for one not-so-great thing. It ended in a tie because both teams had used up all of their pitchers and no one was left to legally come off the bench. Instead of allowing pitchers to reenter the game, the commissioner made the controversial decision to declare the game a 7-7 tie after the 11th inning.

However, the game did feature some phenomenal baseball moments. At the time, Barry Bonds was the home run king, just one season removed from his record-setting 73-home run campaign.

So when he smashed a ball to deep center, everyone assumed he had hit yet another bomb. But people forgot Torii Hunter, one of the best defensive outfielders of his generation, was patrolling center field. Hunter timed his leap perfectly and pulled the ball back in from over the fence, making an unforgettable defensive play.

Despite this play coming in the first inning, fans would still look back at this catch and jokingly place some blame on Hunter for being one of the reasons the game ended in a tie.

Whether or not that theory is ultimately correct, it was an impressive play that should be remembered as much as the outcome of the game.


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