Jason Schmidt ended a multi-generational fixation with the bat. He was the first ace/stud/stopper the Giants had since Juan Marichal. And the Giants were the only team in baseball during this era without one. This one-sided approach to baseball - all time slugging greats amassing zero World Championships - showed its colors well in the Mid-Summer Classic.
In the 20 year period prior to Jason Schmidt's transformation of a franchise, some pretty amazingly abysmal statistics can be found for Giants pitchers in the All-Star game. And I found them.
In the 20 years from 1983 to 2002, 13 Giants pitchers were selected to the NL All-Star team. They made 10 appearances, for a total of 9.1 innings. That's less than an inning per appearance! And they were horrifying. Almost all of them. Only Mike Krukow pitched an inning without allowing the AL to score. Okay, imagine those 9.1 innings as one nine-inning game. Check out these statistics:
(*Including the only grand slam ever)
And check out these ERA's: