Happy Harvey Day, everybody!
MLB held a press conference at City Hall to announce some initiatives. One of my favorites is the naming of some All Star Ambassadors, who will presumably travel to other All Star Games in search of peace. To the press release!
DAVID WRIGHT NAMED OFFICIAL SPOKESPERSON FOR T-MOBILE ALL-STAR FANFEST
METS LEGENDS EDGARDO ALFONZO, JOHN FRANCO & MOOKIE WILSON
APPOINTED MLB ALL-STAR AMBASSADORS
New York Mets Third Baseman David Wright has been selected as Major League Baseball’s official spokesperson for T-Mobile® All-Star FanFest, the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Center from Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. Wright joins a distinguished list of MLB stars who have served in this role including Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton. In addition, Mets legends Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco and Mookie Wilson have each been named MLB All-Star Ambassadors.
“All-Star FanFest is the world’s largest baseball fan event, and is a great experience for the whole family,” said Wright. “Just like New York City, FanFest has something for everyone, and I am proud to be a part of the home team as we host this exciting event.”
As the official spokesperson, Wright will help to generate public awareness for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest and make a variety of appearances in support of the event. As Ambassadors, Alfonzo, Franco and Wilson will take part in an array of All-Star events leading up to and throughout MLB All-Star Week.
T-Mobile All-Star FanFest will transform the Jacob K. Javits Center into the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world, providing an unrivaled experience for fans of all ages. Visitors will experience more than 400,000 square feet of baseball fun with attractions including exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics, free autograph sessions with former Mets, MLB legends and Hall of Famers, memorabilia and much more.
Sample attractions include:
· The Diamond – Located at the center of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, this attraction features daily clinics and appearances by MLB players, managers and other experts. Past appearances have included George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Jr. and many other MLB greats
· Legends Autograph Program – Free autographs from Hall of Famers and MLB legends. Players such as Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins and Juan Marichal have previously signed for fans at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
· National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum – Take a stroll through Baseball’s glorious past and experience the history of the national pastime with one of the largest collections of artifacts on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown
· The Negro Leagues – A compelling visual journey back in time, the Negro Leagues attraction brings to life the heroic history of some of the game’s proudest and most talented players
· Hometown Heroes – Hometown Heroes showcases the New York Mets history, roots in the community and promise for the future
· World’s Largest Baseball – What better way to welcome families to the largest baseball fan event in the world than with the World’s Largest Baseball? The signature white leather, red-laced ball measures 12 feet in diameter and features the signatures of baseball greats such as Hank Aaron, Rod Carew, Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith and Ted Williams
Attendees who are eligible T-Mobile customers can get Fast Past access. In addition, for all attendees, T-Mobile will be demonstrating its latest mobile devices on its nationwide 4G network. Select attendees will also be able to enhance their FanFest experience with an opportunity to use some of these great devices.
All T-Mobile All-Star FanFest attractions are free with the price of admission, and the only additional costs are for concessions and memorabilia. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children ages 12 and under (children two and under are admitted free), senior citizens and military personnel. Tickets for the event are sold on a timed-entry basis, providing fans the ability to reserve the day and time of their choice. Tickets can be purchased at AllStarGame.com, Mets.com, the Citi Field Box Office or by calling 1-888-FanFest (326-3378).
MLB All-Star Week at Citi Field includes the 84th MLB All-Star Game (July 16th), All-Star Workout Day (July 15th) featuring the Home Run Derby, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday (July 14th), including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
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Contact: Matt Bourne or Dan Queen, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878, twitter.com/mlb_pr.
Jay Horwitz, New York Mets, (718) 565-4330, @Mets
About the Spokespeople
David Wright, a six-time N.L. All-Star (2006-10, 2012), is the Mets all-time leader in hits, runs, walks, RBI, doubles and game-winning RBI. The 30-year-old was named the fourth Mets captain in Club history on March 21st. The two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner (2007-08) has played in a franchise-record 73 consecutive games at third base without an error, which marks the longest current errorless streak by a third baseman in the Majors. The two-time Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award winner (2007-08) has compiled a franchise-leading seven seasons of at least 150 hits and six seasons of 20-or-more home runs (second-most in Club history). In 2007, David recorded 30 home runs and 34 stolen bases to become the third player in Club history (fifth time) to record at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season, joining Howard Johnson (1987, 89, 91) and Darryl Strawberry (1987). The Norfolk, Virginia native made his Major League debut in 2004 after being selected by the Mets with the 38th overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.
Edgardo Alfonzo played 12 seasons in the Majors as in infielder for the Mets (1995-2002), San Francisco Giants (2003-05), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2006) and Toronto Blue Jays (2006). In 1,506 career games, he batted .284 (1,532-for-5,385) with 146 home runs, 282 doubles, 18 triples, 744 RBI and 777 runs scored. The native of Venezuela was named an All-Star in 2000 while posting a career-best .324 batting average and helping lead the Mets to their first N.L. Pennant since 1986. Alfonzo, who was originally signed by the Mets as a free agent in 1991, claimed a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award in 1999 after recording career-highs of 27 home runs, 41 doubles and 108 RBI. Alfonzo, who posted a career batting average of .299 (35-for-117) in 28 Postseason games, hit .444 (8-for-18) with a double, triple and four RBI during five games in the 2000 NLCS. Edgardo is currently in his first season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.
John Franco played 21 seasons in the Majors as a left-handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds (1984-89), Mets (1990-2004) and Houston Astros (2005). The Brooklyn, New York native compiled a career record of 90-87 with 424 saves and a 2.89 ERA over 1,119 appearances. In 1,245.2 innings pitched, he permitted 466 runs (400 earned) on 1,166 hits with 495 walks and 975 strikeouts. The four-time N.L. All-Star (1986-87, 89-90) led the N.L. in saves on three occasions – 1988 (39 saves), 1990 (33) and 1994 (30). A product of St. John’s University, Franco ranks fourth on Major League Baseball’s all-time saves list, and he holds the record for saves by a left-handed pitcher. In 15 career Postseason appearances, all with the Mets, Franco was 2-0 with one save and a 1.88 ERA (three earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched). John was acquired by the Mets in December 1989 along with Don Brown from the Reds in exchange for Randy Myers and Kip Gross. Franco, who was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame last June, is currently in his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.
Mookie Wilson played 12 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder for the Mets (1980-89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989-91). In 1,403 career games, Wilson compiled a .274 batting average (1,397-for-5,094) with 227 doubles, 71 triples, 67 home runs, 438 RBI, 327 stolen bases and 731 runs scored. The Bamberg, South Carolina native was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 1977 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. Wilson will long be remembered for his memorable at-bat in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series in which his ground ball trickled under the glove of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run and force a Game 7 that the Mets would win. Mookie, who served as the Mets first base and outfield coach from 1997-2002 and 2011, managed the Rookie-League Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League from 2003-04 and the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League in 2005. Wilson, who is in his second season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets, was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996.