Major League All Star Game
1. For serious baseball fans, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is serious business. And the 2013 edition, which is the 84th overall, will take place Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. The last time the Mets hosted the All-Star Game was in 1964, two years after they joined the National League, replacing one of the two New York teams that left for the West Coast (for those keeping score, it was the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers). The game was played at their old stomping grounds, Shea Stadium. Most of these mid-season classics are played in the newest ballpark. There was talk that the game would take place at Nationals Park where the Washington Nationals play their home games but Citi Field won out.
As there is every year, a whole host of pre-game festivities will be available for fans to take advantage of. On Friday, July 12, it’s the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center. Attractions include Demo Zones where official equipment like Franklin batting gloves, Louisville Sluggers, and Rawlings helmets can be given a test drive. New York Mets third basement David Wright is the official spokesperson for FanFest. The following day, Saturday, July 13, the All-Star 5K & Fun Run will get underway at 8:00 a.m. in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. The run, which benefits Sandy Relief, will feature everyone from mascots and celebrities to former baseball greats. Sunday, July 15 is Taco Bell All-Star Sunday where the All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game reign supreme. On Monday, the day before the big game, fans will be treated to the annual Home Run Derby.