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CHICAGO -- As Randy Wolf stepped on the mound to pitch the third inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field, he had his mother within eyesight and the feeling that his deceased father was somewhere sharing the joy of the moment.
Making his first career All-Star Game appearance, Wolf allowed one run in one inning, and then watched the American League rally for a 7-6 win over the National League to ensure itself of home-field advantage in this year's World Series.
"You're so far out of your element in a game like this," Wolf said. "You don't have the opportunity to prepare like you normally do. It was a strange experience, but amazing at the same time."
After striking out Yankees catcher Jorge Posada to begin the third inning, Wolf, who was the Phillies' only participant in Midsummer Classic, issued a walk to speedy Mariner Ichiro Suzuki, who went to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a two-out single to left field by Toronto's Carlos Delgado. The 26-year-old southpaw struck out two of the five batters he faced.
"It was amazing having the opportunity to go out there and pitch and not embarrass myself," Wolf said. "I'll never forget this."
During pregame introductions Wolf displayed a batting glove that had "4 U Dad" on it to honor his father, who died during Randy's senior year of high school. Wolf said he started feeling a little sentimental during the National Anthem.
"I got sort of emotional as the planes went overhead," Wolf said. "[Phillies reliever] Dan Plesac told me I would get a little choked up during the Anthem and I did."
Wolf's father's passing denied him the opportunity to see his development into a top-level starter, who has already ensured himself of a fourth consecutive double-digit season win total. He enters the post-All-Star break portion of the schedule 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA and has limited opponents to a .204 batting average, which ranks fourth in the NL.
"I don't say that I have arrived yet," Wolf said. "Not until I win 20 games over five seasons will I say that I've arrived. There are a lot of parts of my game that I can improve."
Wolf has always been known as an intense individual and he said much of his determination was inherited from his father.
"You feel in some way [that my father] is enjoying the moment," Wolf said. "Just to keep him in my heart is the most important thing. He doesn't have to physically be here to appreciate the event."
This day was completely different than any Wolf has ever experienced. His normal routine on the days that he is going to pitch never includes looking at carpet samples with his mother.
But when Judy Wolf arrived in Chicago Tuesday afternoon, her motherly instincts took over and she began showing her son different carpet patterns that he might want in his new Los Angeles-area home.
"It's awesome to have her here," Wolf said. "She's been such a big part of my life. When I told her that I was going to the All-Star Game, she cried, and she's not a crier. It's a great feeling. You always want to make your mother proud."
Wolf certainly made his mother proud and appears to have the stuff that will allow him to honor his father in many more All-Star Games before his promising career is complete.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.