Star Struck Night at Game 1

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Big names braved the inclement weather to watch Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night.

The Associated Press reports first lady Michelle Obama, and actors Alec Baldwin, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey watched the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, and Tom Ridge, the former head of homeland security, were also at the game.

The maroon-jacketed Obama and Biden escorted Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra to the mound for a pregame ceremony honoring American veterans.

Major League Baseball had dedicated Game 1 to veterans and their families. Obama and Biden had handed out Yankees caps and teddy bears to veterans at a Bronx hospital earlier in the day, according to The AP.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gave the ladies a peck on the cheek as they headed off the field.

During Game 1, Phillies ace Cliff Lee continued his strong postseason performance, outdueling C.C. Sabathia and pitching a complete game. Lee held the Yankees hitters to six hits while striking out 10, walking none and giving up just one unearned run. Chase Utley put the Phillies up early with two solo homers against Sabathia. Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez struck out three times in his first World Series appearance.

Game 2 is set for tonight. A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Yankees, and Pedro Martinez will be on the mound for the Phillies.

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