On Tuesday, July 16, the best baseball players in the world will all be taking the field in New York for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. While the game is the biggest event, it is just one part of a full weekend of festivities that will take place in and around Citi Field next week. From the All-Star FanFest to the Home Run Derby, there is a lot to look forward to. Which one of the events are you MOST excited about?
No one would blame you if you were looking forward to the game itself the most. The best players all on the field at the same time, playing in perhaps the world's most famous city. It's tough to beat that.
The Home Run Derby
One of the most anticipated events every year is the Home Run Derby thanks to countless, unforgettable moments. Some of those memorable moments include Mark McGwire pounding homers over the green monster at Fenway Park in 1999; Josh Hamilton hitting 28 home runs in a single round at Yankee Stadium in 2008; and Sammy Sosa in 2002 hitting baseballs to places never reached at Miller Park.
Derby captains David Wright and Robinson Cano, as well as their teams, will have to bring it if they want to provide the fans with another one of those moments.
The All-Star Celebrity Softball Game
One of the more underrated events of All-Star weekend is the celebrity softball game. A mix of celebrities and former MLB greats play a rather non-competitive game, but what it lacks in competitiveness, it makes up in entertainment. Watching a bunch of celebrities struggle at sports is just fun to watch. This year's participants will include Kevin James ("King of Queens"), James Denton ("Desperate Housewives"), and Boomer Esiason (former NFL quarterback).
The Futures Game
The All-Star Futures Game is the event that might not be for the casual MLB fan, but for the die-hard baseball fan? This game should have you drooling. The game features the best young prospects in baseball, all vying to try to make a name for themselves. Many of the game's best players have previously played in the Futures Game including Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Verlander. Chances are that many of the players in this year's Futures Game, will be playing in an All-Star Game really soon.
The MLB FanFest
The FanFest has tons of activities for fans to see and do, including areas to learn more about the history of the Negro Leagues and women in baseball, as well as hands-on activities like seeing how fast you can throw a pitch or if you can hit a home run. The list of stuff goes on and on. Oh, and did I mention the world's largest baseball will be there? The WORLD'S LARGEST BASEBALL!
It should be another great All-Star week. Let us know which of these events (or any other All-Star event) that you are looking forward to most in the comments below!