SENIOR CIRCUIT SENDS A MESSAGE!
I’m a life-long Reds fans which makes me a life-long National League guy. Thus, I was thrilled with last night’s All-Star Game result. Not only did “my league” win, but it ensured that the Reds will host the first two games of the World Series at Great American Ball Park – and perhaps for the first time in franchise history, clinch a world title in the Queen City. (side note: Did you know that many years ago, the National League Offices were located in Cincinnati?)
I had a great time watching the game with friends and family at the Holy Grail. It was cool hearing the place cheer for Joey, Jay and Aroldis. There was also a neat moment when folks inside the establishment cheered when – get this – Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals hit a triple! I tweeted that it was “Senior Circuit Unity”. Everyone puts his/her differences aside for the common good!
One of my favorite scenes from last night involved Atlanta’s Chipper Jones addressing his fellow NL teammates prior to the game…
As usual, our friends at Elias Sports Bureau posted a lot of great All-Star Game notes HERE.
And here are some interesting tid-bits Major League Baseball posted before the game…
20 Twenty Royals have earned multiple All-Star Game selections, including George Brett with 13 selections and Amos Otis, Mike Sweeney and Frank White each with five selections.
51 Since the founding of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, 35 players, two managers, and four trainers have been selected to participate in the Midsummer Classic. Ten managers have been designated as coaches on the A.L. team’s staff.
69 Sixty-nine three-dimensional items will be brought to Kansas City from Cooperstown, NY, featured in the MLB All-Star FanFest National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, including George Brett’s pine tar bat and the bat used by Willie Aikens to hit four home runs in 1980 World Series.
80 Kansas City has more barbeque restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city, according to the Kansas City Barbeque Society, with more than 80 establishments.
200 More than 200 fountains reside in Kansas City, establishing its nickname as “The City of Fountains.”
Five of these fountains will be colored All-Star blue from July 6-10:
J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain (NE corner of 47th and J. C. Nichols Parkway)
Ilus Davis Civic Mall Fountain (1100 Oak)
Diana (401 Ward Parkway at Wornall Road)
Barney Allis Plaza Fountain (205 W. 12th Street)
Crown Center Entrance Fountains (2450 Grand)
220 MLB International will broadcast the All-Star Game in 15 languages throughout more than 220 countries.
1,000 MLB All-Star Crown Statues, each weighing 1,000 pounds, will be on display at five locations around Kansas City, including:
Kauffman Stadium (Inside Gate D)
Kansas City Convention Center/
Power & Light District (KC Live Block, 1333 Walnut)
Country Club Plaza (Nichols Road & Broadway)
Kansas City Marriott Downtown (200 W. 12th)
1,281 Total number of MLB games watched (through 7/8) by the seven remaining MLB Fan Cave “Cave Dwellers,” who will all be in attendance at the All-Star Game.
2,000 More than 2,000 media have been issued credentials for All-Star Week events.
4,504 The eighth annual Red Carpet Parade stretches 4,504 feet and will cover the Plaza streets from the corner of Ward Parkway and Wornall Road to Nichols Road and Central Street within the Country Club Plaza.
6,000 A record-setting 6,000 people registered to volunteer for All-Star Week events in Kansas City.
10,000 More than 10,000 nights have been rented in Kansas City hotel rooms during All-Star Week.
So now it’s time to begin the season’s “second-half.” Are you ready?
Let’s get started with a healthy 10-game homestand at Great American Ball Park beginning Friday night. I hope to see you at the park and especially at Sunday Night’s Better Off Red -themed Reds TweetUp!
Expect good news