All-Star games and Fanfest
I have only attended one All-Star game and that was at Dodger Stadium in 1980. Dodger Stadium has only hosted ONE All-Star game. The Angels on the other hand are going for their 3rd! C’mon Bud Selig! Let Dodger Stadium host the All-Star in 2012 when the stadium will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary!
Two years ago, when the Giants were hosting the All-Star, I went there but only to the Fanfest. I highly recomend it to anyone that if you cannot go to the game itself, go to the Fanfest. The was my first Fanfest as they did not have those back in 1980.
For kids they had batting cages, pitching skills, base running, etc. The memorabilia was very extensive from the standard new stuff to a lot of vendor booths with old baseball cards, old pictures, yearbooks, programs, etc. I could have spent hours going thru all the memorabilia the vendors were displaying.
Another thing that they had was a Karaoke booth set where people were lining up to sing “Take me out to the Ballgame.” We found it funny that the booth had the Dodger logo :-). My friend and I got in line but we changed some of the words to the song to “Buy me some peanuts and Dodger dogs.”. Of course we got booed by Giant fans.
Edit: I found the picture from the Babe Ruth All Star booth:
They were so many exhibitions at the Fanfest like the Hall of Fame, Negro league, Minor League, Latino League, baseball equipment and Women’s league. there was also autograph sessions with women players from the AAGPBL, and current HOF inductee Tony Gwynn.
We also caught the last minutes of Bud Selig’s interview. I hope to make it to the game next year at Angel Stadium and also of course to the Fanfest.
Second half of the Season
Thursday is the start of the second half of the season. I hope all our boys in Blue get a well deserved rest and they all recuparate from all their aches and pains. That Ned finds us a pitcher and that doug mientkiewicz will be ready in the second half. I saw him working hard at the stadium when I attended the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog tour. Here he was with a shirt that says “Minor Setback for a Major Comeback.”. I love the shirt! Good luck Dougie!