MLB All-Star Game memories

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Jack Armstrong (Reds), 1990

Photograph By AP Photo/Robert Kozloff

Armstrong recently pulled out his fuzzy VHS tape of his two scoreless innings in the 1990 All-Star Game. He saw the strikeouts of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, but mostly noticed the work of those around him.

"Andre Dawson made a nice play in right field," he said. "Ozzie Smith made a nice play on a grounder by Cal Ripken. Will Clark made a nice play on a popup by Sandy Alomar. Those are Hall of Fame caliber players behind me. I looked calm on tape, but if you lit a match near me, Id have exploded."

Armstrong spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, and had his share of things go right and wrong.

But the 1990 season, which included a World Series title with the Reds and the All-Star Game start, couldn't have gone any better.

Armstrong entered the year as the Reds' No. 3 starter, but an 11-3 mark at the break netted him the NL starting nod at Wrigley Field.

It was a reward the importance of which was not lost on him 23 years later.

"I was someone who was in the right place at the right time, a talented pitcher on a really good team who made the most of his opportunity," Armstrong said.

Armstrong currently lives in Florida and coaches youth baseball.

--Mark Simon