August 17, 2010

NY-Penn League All-Star Game today

Are you in the Greater New York area? Are you looking for an enjoyable experience tonight? If you answered yes to both questions, head over to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island tonight to see the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

Check out this video package New York City’s local news station put together for the event. The stadium has prepared for this day for a couple years, so it’s sure to be a success.

I actually had a chance to cover this game as a credentialed blogger, but I couldn’t make it for work-related reasons.

Five members of the Staten Island Yankees were selected to the All-Star Game: Pitchers Mikey O’Brien, Preston Claiborne, and Chase Whitley, shortstop Jose Mojica and outfielder Eduardo Sosa.

For more information on the All-Star Game festivities, here’s part of the press release:

A home run derby, team autograph sessions, batting practice, memorabilia auctions, a cap giveaway and post-game fireworks will all be part of the full lineup of activities as the Staten Island Yankees host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game  at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. 

For a ticket price of $16, fans will be treated to one of the greatest family values in sports this year. Gates open at 3:00pm to begin the day’s events.  For only $18 per ticket (in groups of 10 or more) fans can enjoy All-You-Can-Eat hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, soda, water and popcorn throughout the game. 

The best of the American League will take the field for batting practice followed by an autograph session. Next up, the best of the National League will take the field for batting practice and an autograph session where fans get their chance to meet the future stars of the MLB.  Fans will then be treated to a Home Run Derby starting at 5:45pm and first pitch is at 7:00pm. 

A limited edition Staten Island Yankees All-Star Game commemorative cap will be given away to all paid admissions and the 2009 New York Yankees World Series Trophy will be on display.

In addition to these pre-game activities, fans will be able to participate in three auctions. The first will involve the auctioning off of authentic New York Yankees signed memorabilia signed by such players as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and many more.  The second will see the All-Star jerseys auctioned right off the backs of the 2010 New York-Penn League All-Stars.  The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation will also auction off signed baseballs by former NYPL players currently in the major leagues.  The NYPL All-Star Game and a post-game fireworks show complete the night’s festivities.

The All-Star Game events begin with a VIP Meet and Greet Reception at the St. George Theatre on Monday, August 16th at 6:00pm.  Seating is limited. Lucky fans in attendance will be the first to see the 2010 New York-Penn League All-Star Teams assembled together for the first time.  Fans will enjoy cocktails and dinner, provided by Centerplate, and a short program introducing the players and coaching staff.  The evening’s festivities will conclude with a musical tribute (by the Unexpected Boys) to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons featuring such unforgettable hits as Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Oh, What a Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more!  If you are interested in attending the All-Star VIP Reception please call Tom Conway at (718) 313-1308.

For those in the family that might not be the biggest baseball fan in the world, there will be plenty to do and see at the All-Star Game.  Mascot and fan favorite, Scooter, will be roaming the stadium with cohorts, Huck and Red, bringing smiles to kids of all ages.  There is also the Staten Island Advance Fun Zone out by left field with Tee-Ball, Skee-Ball, Face Painting, Moon Bounce, Speed Pitches, and more to add to the fun.  Just in case there may be a bit of energy left after all of that, kids can run the bases after the game, where Scooter will be there waiting to high-five them as they round third base.

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