Every July, the magic of baseball fills the air of one lucky city as the MLB All-Star game and festivities take over.
the scene of this year will be New York City. July 12-16 will be full of baseball in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Here’s what to expect at the MLB All-Star week.
All-Star Fanfest: Each day throughout the festivities, the Javits Center will host the All-Star Fanfest, the ultimate fan’s experience of everything baseball. Some of what to expect includes autograph sessions and player appearances, a card and collectibles show where you can buy, sell and trade your goods, demo zones for testing out the latest equipment, clinics put on by MLB legends and coaches, batting, pitching, and fielding simulators, auctions, and much more. Make sure to rock your MLB jerseys to this event.
5K and Fun Run: Major League Baseball is teaming up with New York Road Runners on Saturday, July 13 to host a 5K run and a fun run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to benefit relief efforts from Super Storm Sandy that ravaged the New York City area. This is a great way to work off all the hot dogs and soda from the rest of the festivities.
All-Star Sunday: Sunday at Citi Field will feature the young, the old, and the famous. Watch the stars of tomorrow at the Futures Game, which will pin the best prospects from the United States against the best from around the world. The US team has won each of the last three years, and will be looking to make it four. After the youngsters, the All-Star Legends and Celebrities softball game will be a treat for everyone at the ballpark. Confirmed legends include Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Fred Lynn, Ozzie Smith, Darryl Strawberry, Frank Thomas, and Bernie Williams.
Home Run Derby: Monday evening will be a slug fest as the best power hitters of the American League go head-to-head with the best of the National League for a chance to raise the Home Run Derby trophy. New Yorkers Robinson Cano of the Yankees and David Wright of the Mets have been selected as the captains for their respective leagues. As always, the Derby is a full of a lot of home runs and a lot of laughs.
All-Star Game: It all comes down to this. The amazing All-Star week culminates on Tuesday, July 16 at the 84th MLB All-Star Game. Watch all of the best players on the same field, as they battle for home field advantage during the World Series. Leading vote getters include Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Robinson Cano in the AL, and Buster Posey, Joey Votto, and Justin Upton in the NL. There’s still time to get your vote in.
Well, not me specifically, but my Alma Mater just won the College World Series in a dominating fashion. I am not exaggerating either. Upon entering the tournament, they went undefeated beating the defending champs South Carolina Gamecocks! Let me tell you this is EPIC for this Alum (currently writing this post), because the last time the CATS won was 1986! Yeah, so needless to say this drought needed to be hydrated by victory. Congrats to the team, Andy Lopez, and the University of Arizona! I bet y’all are going to go to Disneyland or Disney-world now. Time for Tucson and all CATS of all ages to pay attention to the baseball program despite the recent success of the basketball and football programs! In the lyrics of Queen, “We are the champions.”
Yes, that’s right, I have to gloat…well shout out the baseball team at the University of Arizona. In other words, the Arizona Wildcats are making a name for themselves for not only making it to the College World Series, but as of last night’s victory over the UCLA Bruins, leading their division of the tournament! Now, some history for you non-Wildcats out there, usually the softball team represents in the post-season. So, it was nice change to see the counterpart striving for another championship. Maybe next season, there might be more fellow students and alumni supporting this athletic prowess on campus.