You can’t simply call it an All-Star game anymore. It’s an event that begins on Friday July 8th and concludes with the 82nd MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday July12th.
The breakdown of events is impressive. Billed as the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, the five-day All-Star FanFest will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from July 8-12. This is a must see for kids and adults alike. An exhibit from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will be on display. There will be interactive events and autograph sessions with current and former players. To access FanFest from the light rail, use the 3rd and Jefferson or 3rd and Washington stations and head north on 3rd St to the Phoenix Convention Center
All-Star Sunday at Chase Field is a double header starting with the Futures Game. The Futures Game matches top minor league prospects from the US against top prospects from the rest of the world. Future stars like Bryce Harper and Julio Teheran are slated to play. Following the Futures Game, the always fun All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game takes the field.
Monday is the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day followed by the State Farm Home Run Derby. I’ve attended three of these events, and they are a blast! Tickets for the Sunday and Monday events are available for purchase separate from the All-Star Game.
Finally, Tuesday is the big night. It’s the only All-Star Game that is played for a reason. The winning league is granted home field advantage in this years World Series. Rosters were announced on July 3rd, and the best of the best will face off at 5:30pm on July 12th.
If you are attending any of these events, have a great time and use the light rail. Parking will be at a premium, both in terms of availability and price.
Bill Risser, when not hard at work for Chicago Title, can be found at the movies with his wife or on the golf course with his son. He also has a fantasy sports problem, as he participates in 3 NFL leagues, an MLB league, a NASCAR league and a PGA league. Follow him on Twitter – @billrisser