All-Star Game: S.F. will make a splash

It started with a booming Babe Ruth home run and has developed into one of the most anticipated and entertaining events on the summer baseball calendar.

And now, for just the third time, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is coming to San Francisco.

The event has been a showcase for baseball’s best since Ruth’s blast in the inaugural 1933 game, with legends such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson and Roger Clemens all creating lasting memories.

This year, the five-day festival kicks off July 6 at 9 a.m. with the FanFest at the Moscone West Convention Center and reaches its pinnacle with the July 10 game at AT&T Park. In between, the ongoing FanFest and other baseball events both inside and not far from the ballpark should leave local fans and those traveling in for the Midsummer Classic satiated.

Tanya Houseman, the public relations manager for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the game will bring an estimated 100,000 people to The City, filling 15,000 hotel-room nights and contributing between $60 million and $65 million to the economy.

The pomp and circumstance should also provide a welcome jolt of enthusiasm and excitement for a local fan base that has seen the hometown Giants struggle for long stretches of the season. Stars such as David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) and Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) will try to continue the American League’s 10-year unbeaten streak against Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers), Jose Reyes (New York Mets) and the National League.

And while the players are in town to enjoy the relaxed environment, the All-Star Game has become more than an inconsequential exhibition. Since 2003, the league that wins ensures that its representative in the World Series has home-field advantage, meaning the competition will be fierce.

The game itself is sold out, but there is still a multitude of ways for fans to get involved. Tickets for the FanFest at Moscone West are on sale, and can be bought at www.allstar

game.com or by calling (888) FANFEST. The Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game will take place July 8 at AT&T Park, and on the day of the main event, players and baseball dignitaries will participate in a parade from the Embarcadero to Willie Mays Plaza and enter the stadium on a red carpet.

78th All-Star Game

When: July 10, 5 p.m.

Where: AT&T Park

TV: KTVU (Ch. 2)

Broadcasters: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver

All-Time series: NL leads 41-34-2

All-star week schedule

July 6

» FanFest at Moscone West Convention Center, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

July 7

» FanFest at Moscone West Convention Center, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

July 8

» FanFest at Moscone West Convention Center, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

» All-Star Week Sponsor Zone at AT&T Park/Terry Francois Boulevard, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

» Futures Game (seven innings), 1:07 p.m.

» Celebrity Softball Game (five innings), following Futures Game (approximately 4 p.m.)

July 9

» FanFest at Moscone West Convention Center, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

» All-Star Week Sponsor Zone atAT&T Park/Terry Francois Boulevard, 1-9 p.m.

» MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals, 1-2 p.m.

» National League batting practice, 2:30-3:25 p.m.

» American League batting practice, 3:25-4:20 p.m.

» All-Star balloting top vote-getter awards, 4:50 p.m.

» Home Run Derby, 5 p.m.

July 10

» FanFest at Moscone West Convention Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

» All-Star Game Red Carpet Show from Pier 30/32 to AT&T Park, noon-1 p.m.

» All-Star Week Sponsor Zone at AT&T Park/Terry Francois Boulevard

» NL batting practice, 2-2:55 p.m.

» NL team photo, 2:55-3:05 p.m.

» AL team photo, 3:05-3:15 p.m.

» AL batting practice, 3:20-4:15 p.m.

» Pregame ceremony, 5 p.m.

» Player introductions, 5:13-5:23 p.m.

» National anthems (Canadian, U.S.), 5:29 p.m.

» Ceremonial first pitch, 5:33 p.m.

» First pitch, 5:42 p.m.

All-Star FanFest

» July 6-10 at Moscone West Convention Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco

» Admission: $22 for adults, $17 for children 12 and under, senior citizens and military personnel. Children under 2 are free

» For tickets go to www.allstargame.com or call (888) 326-3378 


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