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All-Star Game Opening Ceremony Highlights for the ADD-Addled

Did the sweeping music of the All-Star game's opening ceremonies lull you to sleep? Did the "All-Stars Among Us" video bore you to tears, or just cause you to change the channel? Did all that talking by MC Joe Buck aggravate you? If so -- but you still want to catch up on a bit o' baseball history that happened right here in St. Louis tonight -- here's your rundown, courtesy of a television that's older than the American League's winning streak.

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Ryan Franklin and his beard are introduced.


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A beaming Pujols.
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Albert Pujols is introduced!


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There's Yadier Molina!
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Some of the "All-Stars Among Us."
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President Obama -- who narrowly lost Missouri in the 2008 general election.
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There's W.
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...And Bill.
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The First Bush.
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...And Jimmy.
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There's the President. What jacket will he be wearing during the first pitch?
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Sheryl Crow sings the national anthem...
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A sweet jet.
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The Delmar Loop, and Stan Musial's star gets a cameo.
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Five Cardinal Hall-of-Famers.
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Stan Musial rides out in a customized Mercedes-Benz golf cart and shakes a baseball at the cheering fans.
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Out comes the President to about half-boos, half-cheers. Maybe it's for political reasons, or the fact he's wearing a White Sox jacket.
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Obama shakes hands with Musial.
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Obama lines up to throw out the first pitch.
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He kicks up his leg...
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Rocks forward...
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He releases...
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Obama hugs Pujols after what's generally considered to be decent, as first pitches go, toss to home plate.
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The president greets Cardinal Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith.
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A replay of Obama's first pitch wraps it up. And we're onto the game!

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