McGriff, however, was the hero in the All-Star game, the 65th edition of the midsummer classic, as he belted a pinch hit, game-tying home run in the ninth in a game the National League came from behind to win 8-7 over the AL.
McGriff hit the homer off Baltimore’s Lee Smith, perhaps baseball’s best closer at the time, and after the game said, “I was just hoping (NL manager) Lee Fregosi would find a way to get me into the game. As I walked to the plate, I told myself to be ready, take three hacks and get him if you can. That homer is the kind of thing you dream about, and dreams do come true.’’
McGriff was named MVP of the game and said looking back, “It as one of my better moments. I was fortunate to do a lot of things in my career, but that had to be one of the cooler ones.’’