Baseball fans, rejoice! On Tuesday, July 16, the top players in the country will come together for the 84th annual All-Star Game. The event features top players from the American League competing against top players from the National League. This year, the game will be held at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
Since the first All-Star Game in 1933, New York City has hosted the event eight times. The last New York All-Star Game was held at Yankees Stadium in 2008. This summer, the game returns to the home of the Mets for the first time since 1964.
This year's All-Star events are expected to attract nearly 176,000 fans and make a $191.5 million dollar impact on New York City's economy. New York City Mayor Bloomberg called the event an economic grand slam. "This is just going to be something wonderful for New York City," he said at a press conference at City Hall.
Making the Team
Fans from across the United States got to help choose this year’s All-Star players. They cast votes for their favorite players at ballparks and online. Every year, some new players make the team, and some players return.
The All-Star Game isn’t just for entertainment. Whichever league wins on Tuesday will have the home field advantage—the opportunity to play more games at home—in the next World Series. The National League team has won the All-Star Game for the last three years.
Fans who’d like to get into the spirit before the big game can tune in on Saturday for the Home Run Derby. In the annual contest, baseball’s most powerful hitters compete to determine who can hit the most home runs.
And kids in the New York area can check out the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest for baseball-themed fun at the Javits Center Friday through Tuesday. Visitors can see the world's largest baseball, get autographs from MLB legends, and play with the pros.
On Thursday, the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem visited FanFest to get a sneak-peak. "I learned different techniques of how to hold a bat, step into the pad, hit the ball, and make a home run," Kayshawna Brown, 12, told TFK.
For tickets or a look at this year’s All-Star roster, visit MLB.com