National League All-Star Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs reaches back to throw the ball during the 81st MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Byrd entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, replacing the Brewers' Corey Hart, who was playing right field. Byrd started in center field, with the Dodgers' Andre Ethier moving from center to right. In the seventh inning with two out, Byrd walked -- a rarity for him, as he walked just 31 times in 630 plate appearances during the 2010 regular season -- to load the bases. All three runners scored on a Brian McCann double, Byrd just beating the throw, to give the NL a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Arizona's Chris Young, who had pinch-hit for Ethier, remained in the game, in center -- moving Byrd to right -- a position he had not played all year -- and that set up a key play. In the last of the ninth, David Ortiz led off with a single. After Adrian Beltre struck out, John Buck hit a sinking liner that Byrd couldn't quite catch up to -- but he played it on a short hop, whirled and threw to second, forcing out Ortiz for the second out. Ian Kinsler then hit a fly ball to center to end the game, and thanks in part to Byrd's great play, the NL had its first All-Star win in 14 years.
After the jump, see video of Byrd's throw.
Here's the video of Byrd's great throw, courtesy of MLB.com. Sometimes MLB's video embeds work, sometimes they don't. If the video below turns into a black rectangle, you can watch it at this link.