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MLB reveals All-Star Game plans

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Received this press release from MLB today:

Major League Baseball announced today a historic series of activities for its All-Star Summer that will treat fans to a one-of-a-kind All-Star experience as New York City and Yankee Stadium host the Midsummer Classic in the final season of the baseball cathedral.

As a gesture to the majesty and history of Yankee Stadium, MLB will conduct a special pre-game on-field ceremony prior to the 79th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday July 15th that will feature the largest gathering of baseball stars in history.

More than 40 Hall of Famers including Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Willie Mays, Cal Ripken Jr., and Frank Robinson, are scheduled to be celebrated for their accomplishments in the most historic building in sports during its farewell season.

The pre-game ceremony will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on FOX. The Hall of Famers will also be honored at the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy, where they will join the American League and National League All-Stars in the longest parade ever hosted by MLB.

The Red Carpet, which will span more than 95,000 square feet, will start on 40th Street and Sixth Avenue and travel up Sixth Avenue to 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. The Parade will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT). MLB mascots will be on the red carpet, distributing gifts to fans who line the parade route.

For the first time, the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy will air on FOX at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) as a lead-in to the national network broadcast of the 79th MLB All-Star Game at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on FOX.

In addition, All-Star Summer will pay tribute to New York City by incorporating major city landmarks into the event. MLB, in conjunction with licensee Forever Collectibles, will station a series of 42 MLB-decorated Statue of Liberty replicas standing eight and a half feet tall around the city.

Each statue will be uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring each of the 30 MLB Clubs, the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, American League, National League, four All-Star statues and statues commemorating the final season of Yankee and Shea Stadium.

In celebration of MLB All-Star Week, the Empire State Building will illuminate the New York City skyline in red, white and blue from Friday July 11th to Sunday, July 13th and on Tuesday, July 15th.




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