MLB All-Star Game
A week that the City of Minneapolis spent years preparing for has come and gone. Baseball fans from the Twin Cities and all throughout the country hit downtown Minneapolis for All-Star Week. There were a lot of great moments throughout the week, and here are our five favorites.
We’ve had nearly a week of activities in Minneapolis leading up to Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field. Things wrapped up late and many bar patrons stayed out through the night to take advantage of the 4 a.m. bar close downtown.
Since the Home Run Derby started late, it ended late and fireworks from an All-Star Gala didn’t go off until after midnight. The fireworks were near the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis, and they woke up many people.
It’s hard to blame Neil Johnson, a retired high school teacher from Shakopee, if he’s a little numb and starry-eyed this week. Johnson is one of 30 educators from around the country who were chosen by Major League Baseball as “All-Star Teachers.”
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
Frank Thomas, otherwise known as the “The Big Hurt” is in town for the All-Star game on behalf of the Gillette Home Run Derby. He remembers playing in past All-Star games, and the first Home Run Derby in Minneapolis in 1985.
Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”
Baseball fans hoping to be overwhelmed by memorabilia headed to the MLB All-Star Game FanFest, which opened Friday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The doors opened at 9 a.m. The first day’s focus is on kids, with the first thousand kids through the door getting a free T.C. Bear bobblehead.
Baseball players know the difference between a hit and an error. The trouble is, their opinion doesn’t count in the score book. Former Twins slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz has had his problems with the scorekeeper in Fenway Park.
Major League Baseball’s All Star game at Target Field is just five days away. But Friday, Fan Fest opens at the Minneapolis Convention Center – and the first day is dedicated to kids! Doors open at 9 a.m. with the first thousand kids through the door getting a free T.C. Bear bobblehead.
Minnesota fans who were hoping to get Justin Morneau back in action at Target Field during next week’s All-Star Game fell short in their efforts. On Thursday, the MLB announced that Morneau would not be joining the roster of players for next Tuesday’s game.
As part of the Twin Cities’ MLB All-Star Game festivities, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minnesota Twins are celebrating the dedication of two projects. One is an expansion and improvement of the youth baseball field in Northeast Park.
One of the underrated parts of the All-Star Game festivities is the Futures Game, which will take place this year on Sunday at Target Field at 4 p.m. The future of baseball will be on display. Doubt that statement? Consider this list.
When baseball is the special bond between you and your dad, the All-Star Game is the ultimate experience. Dave Anderson knew taking his son, Keith, to that game would be one of their greatest memories.
We all know the All Star Game is coming and, of course, the tickets are really expensive. But you may not know that there are some free events and others that might just fit into your family budget.