From her time interviewing stars of the baseball and the entertainment world to her opportunity to shadow Commissioner Bud Selig for several hours, All-Star Week was a celebration Meggie Zahneis will never forget.
The Cardinals were represented by a perfect dozen on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. They posed for pregame photos, gathered for postgame handshakes and embraced the opportunity to soak in what this time they all knew would be their final night together.
As National League manager Tony La Russa went to reliever after reliever in the waning innings of Tuesday night's 8-0 victory over the American League in MLB's 83rd All-Star Game, Padres closer Huston Street remained planted on the bench in the Kauffman Stadium bullpen.
Shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair were part of a National League All-Star team that set a record for the NL's largest margin of victory in the 83-game history of the Midsummer Classic. The NL beat the American League, 8-0, at Kauffman Stadium.
Returning to the home of the Royals, who sent him to the Giants over the winter in exchange for southpaw Jonathan Sanchez, Melky Cabrera claimed the Most Valuable Player distinction in the 2012 All-Star Game for his role in Tuesday's 8-0 clubbing of the American League at Kauffman Stadium.
The National League, by virtue of this All-Star victory, will have the home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year. Maybe it means nothing, but it could also mean dancing in the streets this autumn in another National League City.
There was a bloop double here, an infield single there in the top of the first inning. American League starter Justin Verlander's fastball touched 101 mph, but the strike zone eluded him. Suddenly, the National League led, 5-0, before the AL had come to bat in the 83rd All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Rays left-hander David Price blitzed through a 1-2-3 third inning and closer Fernando Rodney tossed a clean ninth against a dangerous slate of National League hitters in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
None of the Rangers All-Stars really distinguished themselves Tuesday in the American League's third straight loss to the National League.
Pablo Sandoval highlighted a historic five-run first inning with a bases-loaded triple, and Melky Cabrera, the game's Most Valuable Player, went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning to spark the National League's third consecutive victory, an 8-0 shellacking of the American League.