Although Frey deserved blame for short-sheeting his lineup, he was caught in a bind when Lynn left the game in the sixth without, Frey said, telling him. "I had to go up to the clubhouse to find him," said Frey. Lynn was having his knee treated. In the meantime, Dave Winfield of the Yankees stood forlornly between left and center, wondering where he was supposed to play.
All of Frey's maneuvering did help to set the record for most players in an All-Star Game: 56. Said the player who broke the old record of 54, the Pirates' Phil Garner, "I hold records very dear, and I'm just ecstatic. Before the game, Dallas and I had talked about setting the record, and we sort of agreed that I would be the 55th."
The players thought well of themselves and the fans. "I thought both teams played with a lot of dignity," said Carter. "I apologize for my fielding," said Schmidt, who made one error, "but all things considered, I think it was a pretty good All-Star Game." Said Garner, "I thought the crowd was great. I just couldn't figure out what those whistles were."
Those whistles, which were blown after the ceremonial first pitch from Vice-President Bush, a former Yale baseball captain, and after the first pitch of every half inning, were the fans' way of saying, "Don't take us for granted." Paul Meagher, a Washington, D.C. bartender (old-fashioneds are his specialty), is the founder of a group called the American Baseball Fans Association, and before the game he and his inappropriately named assistant, Denise Morose, distributed—gratis—10,000 designer whistles. Accompanying each whistle was a card, one side of which was a membership application, the other side of which said things like BLOW THE WHISTLE ON THE OWNERS AND PLAYERS FOR INTERRUPTING THE SUMMER GAME. Meagher's disciples did a good job of making themselves heard.
Still, most fans were more grateful than hateful. Matt Zych, who came all the way from Missouri with six other Royal fans, said, "We're so hungry for baseball." Sunday night in Cleveland, fans from A to Zych had a heck of an appetizer.