The MLB All Star Game is being held in Anaheim this year. I received a notice yesterday, inviting me to volunteer. The first surprise was, the Major Leagues Fan Fest will be 5 days this year and it is at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Stadium events are split up. On Sunday, there is the Futures Game followed by the Baseball Legends & Celebrities Soft Ball Game. The Home Run Derby is on Monday, preceded by players' working out. The admission to Fan Fest is $30. They have not posted the price for the Home Run Derby or the All Star Game itself. The price for the Sunday festivities at the stadium is $80. Of course if you buy online, you also pay ticketmaster $8.
In 1989, things were different. The festivities were on Monday and the Game on Tuesday. On Monday, there was a skills competition, which was lots of fun, the Old Timers game with retired Baseball players, and the Home Run Derby. It was a wonderful fun day in the sun. There was a special happening at the pre-game introductions on Tuesday. Mike Schmidt had been voted in by the fans as the starting third-baseman, BUT he had retired. Well, he showed up and got the biggest ovation. He could not play, but the fact that he showed up was indicative of baseball players in those days. Salaries were big, but nothing like today. Bo Jackson was the star of the game & received the MVP. AL won the game. I included a copy of my game ticket from 1989, field level, first base side, 2nd row, $50. That was 20 years ago!!!
I applied to be a volunteer and MLB requires a background check. I cannot imagine what they will find. If you are interested in this volunteer program, visit: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2010/