I was lucky enough to score some tickets to the game last night. Let me say that it was a baseball atmosphere unlike any other I’ve ever been in. I don’t care if you’re a Yankee fan, Brave fan, Philly fan, Tokyo Giant fan, or any other fan, but if you consider yourself a baseball fan, you would’ve loved the environment.
I tried to take some pictures, concentrating on the stuff that you may not have caught on TV or ESPN, and a lot of stuff that Mets fans would maybe appreciate more than your average fan. So without further ado, here are some sights from the 2013 MLB All-Star Game (!!!CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ZOOM!!!):
Ah, there she is. Pulling up to Citi Field.
All-Star banners with the Jackie Robinson Rotunda in the background.
Couldn’t miss out on grabbing a program.
The starting lineups.
Gil, Tom and Jerry…
Congrats to Mike Piazza who will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in September!
One of my favorite parts of Citi Field- the old top of the scoreboard from Shea (and a tasty Shake Shack).
The back of the main jumbotron.
Looking in from the lower Pepsi Porch.
The boys from Baseball Tonight give their pre-game insight.
Crisp logo down the first base line.
One of my favorite features; it may be hard to see, but on the out-of-town scoreboard, the scores from every All-Star Game since 1997 were displayed.
Nice view of the “ASG” in center field.
Welcome Back Veterans
The MLB and People Magazine teamed up and really concentrated on giving veterans the attention they deserved this year. It did not go unnoticed, and the pre-game ceremony with players handing flags to military medal-winners was one of the highlights of the entire day.
Citi under the lights.
The AL came out on top, which was perhaps a fitting ending for the best closer ever to play the game.
Overall, I think the MLB, New York City and the Mets did an incredible job putting together the whole weekend. The Future’s Game, Celebrity Softball Game, Home Run Derby and finally the Midsummer Classic went off without a hitch, an accomplishment much more easily said than done. It was days like yesterday that we are reminded of why baseball is our national pastime, something that won’t be changing anytime soon.