The All-Star Game is right around the corner. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, you can do so at www.redsox.com/capecod for $10 each. It's a great way to visit Fenway Park on-the-cheap and get to sit anywhere you want if you arrive early enough (though certain areas will probably be off-limits like last year, like the right-field bleachers).
For those that can't get to the game, the game will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network, which is a standard cable channel offered nationwide. You can also listen live on Cape Cod & Islands NPR stations 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3.
Here is the schedule: 3:15 - 3:55 East Batting Practice 4:00 - 4:40 West Batting Practice 4:30 ---------- Gates Open to public 4:45 - 5:15 West position players autograph session 5:15 - 5:25 East Infield/Outfield 5:15 - 5:45 East & West Pitchers autograph session 5:30 - 5:40 West Infield/Outfield 5:45 - 6:15 East position players autograph session 6:00 - 6:30 HR Hitting Contest 6:40 ---------- Pre-game ceremonies 7:07 ---------- All Star Game
Some quick observations:
- There are no pitchers from the Y-D Red Sox. But, I don't think is indicates a lack of talent since both John Leonard (BC) and Tanner Poppe (Kansas) have racked up around 30 innings with respectable ERAs.
- Levi Michael (Harwich; UNC) has put Welcome, North Carolina on the map with his recent 8-game hitting streak and spot on the East Division reserves. The census-designated place is sure to get a few chuckles when city folk get their eyes on the roster. Welcome's town motto is "Welcome to Welcome, A Friendly Place".
- Lou Lamoriello and Bobby Valentine will be throwing out the first pitch and serving as honorary captains for the West and East. Lamoriello is more well-known in hockey circles as the CEO of the NJ Devils. He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner and member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and CCBL Hall of Fame. Valentine is currently an ESPN baseball analyst, and had a long major league career as both a manager and a player.