You have to hand it to the New York fans - they're not going to let a little thing like this being the last All-Star game to be held at Yankee Stadium get in the way of their hatred of the Boston Red Sox.
I didn't hear what reliever Jonathan Papelbon had to say in his press conference, but he went far enough to offend Yankees fans, who interpreted his remarks as a sign of disrespect for Mariano Rivera, the great Yankees reliever. So when Papelbon came to the mound in the 8th inning, it was as if the entire crowd decided to begin rooting for the National League. Lots of enthusiastic, lusty booing.
Which is all well and good, except for the fact that if the American League ends up losing this game, the Yankees lose, in that they would lose the home field advantage in the World Series (yeah, I know it's a stretch, but you get what I mean). But I'm glad the fans did what they did, because it shows how silly the whole Bud Selig "let's make this game meaningful" exercise really was.
It's not a real game...it's entertainment! And people enjoy it for what it is. So in the end, does it really matter who wins?