Another exhibition moment that Orioles fans have on speed-memory. It was the only time Camden Yards has hosted an All-Star Game, and the contest itself was pretty forgettable, a 9-3 American League victory. The key moment came in the ninth inning when hometown ace Mussina began warming up in the bullpen, making fans believe he would be entering the game. Instead, Gaston, American League manager and skipper of the rival Toronto Blue Jays, chose his own pitcher, Duane Ward, to finish it out. Mussina was shown on the video screen warming up, further inciting the crowd, which lustily booed Gaston and Ward. Gaston felt shown up by Mussina, since he had told the pitcher before the game that he likely would get in only if it went into extra innings. Mussina said he was just trying to get work in — but later apologized. Gaston's name, though, still isn't revered in Baltimore.
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