Those who know me, know that I’m a sports fan. Whether it’s on TV, listening on the radio, or on the, field/court myself, I enjoy all aspects of sports. Last week I was able to check off a huge bucket list item, or at least my 40 before 40 list. I got to go to the All Star game for Major League Baseball. Not only did I attend the actual All Star game, but the Home Run Derby, the Celebrity Softball game, All Star Futures Game, the Fan Fest and All Star concert. This was overall an amazing experience and am so glad that the city of Minneapolis got to host. Now I’m going to give a quick rundown of the festivities that I attended. Over the course of the weekend and into the week, I took in all the wonderful events that I could. On Saturday, we visited Fan Fest. We spent the day walking through various exhibits, different kiosks, and lots of fun free stuff. After spending close to six hours at the Fan Fest, we got to check out Atmosphere and Imagine Dragons at TCF Stadium. Both put on great shows and I enjoyed every moment of the concert. If you ever have the opportunity to see either act, I would do it.
Sunday was the All Star Futures game, where up and coming minor league players get recognized and show their stuff to the fans in attendance, and following that was the Celebrity Softball game with past players like Mike Piazza, Rollie Fingers and Ozzie Smith, as well as celebrities from other professional sports, TV, music and movies. A few of these celebrities were Adrian Peterson, Jennie Finch, Rob Riggle, Nelly, and Andrew Zimmern, to name a few. With all the light-hearted fun, Sunday was a blast that also included some wonderful music, laughs and great sportsmanship.
Monday was the Home Run Derby, they used a bracketed format this year to decide the winner between the American League and the National League. There were some amazing hits and the ooh’s and aah’s were a plenty during the overall contest. The most impressive shot went to Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, while Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s was the overall winner for the second year in a row.
Tuesday was the Big show, the All Star Game. What can I say, the night was electric. From the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Idina Menzel to the great playing and camaraderie of all the players chosen by the fans, coaches, and mlb to represent each team. All in all, the All Star Break lived up to its expectations and more. I have created great memories that will last a lifetime and got to check off a lifelong dream of mine in the process.