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Boy attends All-Star Game in dad’s memory


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

When Brandon Krol’s neighbor asked him to go to the MLB All-Star Game, the 11-year-old had a dilemma. He could miss his own baseball game, or miss out on the opportunity to see the sport’s top players compete in his hometown.

The Tuesday, July 16 New York Warriors game would have been the first Brandon played without his father, Jack, who founded the league. He passed away on June 26 at age 57.

“At first I was excited, then I remembered I had a game,” said Brandon of the All-Star invite.

His Bergen Beach, Brooklyn neighbor, John Reinhardt, who had an extra last-minute ticket, invited him.

“Who better to take to the game than Brandon?” said Reinhardt. “He’s a great ball player, he loves baseball [and] his dad loved baseball.”

Though he did not want to let down his team, Brandon knew that his dad would have wanted him to go to the All-Star Game.

“This is the All-Star Game [..] It will definitely be something to remember,” said Brandon. “I’ll grow up and still cherish this moment.”

His dad would have been happy to see him root for their favorite team, the Yankees, and the American League among the sea of Mets fans and National League supporters at the Citi Field event.

Brandon was outnumbered three-to-one in the group he accompanied to the game. The only one sporting a Yankees shirt, everyone else was a Mets fan.

Brandon and his fellow fans may have been in the minority, but the American League beat the National League 3-0 to win home-field advantage in the World Series. Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was named MVP.

His dad was a diehard Yankee fan who loved Mickey Mantle, said Brandon. He even had a “lucky” Mickey Mantle shirt and used to wear it to almost every game, the boy recalled.

The young baseball fanatic was hoping to bring home his own baseball keepsake from the All-Star Game.

Brandon brought a special photo of his father and himself wearing New York Warriors jackets in tribute of his “All-Star Dad” to get the players to sign.

 

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MTA to provide extra service for All-Star Game festivities


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The MTA will provide extra service during MLB All-Star Game festivities on Sunday, July 14, Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16, according to the transit agency.

LIRR Port Washington Branch trains will provide service every half hour -– and more frequently when necessary — to the Mets-Willets Point Station. For more information, visit, www.mta.info/lirr.

When necessary, there will also be extra No. 7 trains, which stop at the Mets-Willets Point Station right next to Citi Field, and special super-express No. 7 trains after the last out of the Home Run Derby and All- Star Game, with trains stopping at 61st St.-Woodside, Queensboro Plaza, Court Square, 42nd St. Grand Central, 5th Avenue-Bryant Park and Times Square-42nd St.

 

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City unveils MLB All-Star week festivities


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The 2013 MLB All-Star Game, at Citi Field on July 16, will feature a slew of events throughout the city in the week leading up and will be spread throughout the borough.

Citi Field was cited as a potential venue for the mid-summer classic since opening in 2009, with the rumor becoming official last May. This marks the second All-Star Game the city’s hosted in the last five years.

All venues attached to the game are expected to have a $191 million economic impact for the city this July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Although the game and tournaments, like the Home Run Derby, will be held in Flushing, a significant amount of All-Star fanfare will be in Manhattan – much like when the Yankees hosted the game in 2008.

Chevrolet’s Red Carpet Parade will again go through 42nd Street, with MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan calling it one of the marquee events for fans. Baseball lovers, from New York or afar, will get to come within 10 feet of the game’s premier players.

Met alumns like 1986 World Series champ Mookie Wilson and late 90s legends Eduardo Alfonzo and John Franco are team ambassadors for the All-Star Game. Wilson, known for his bloop single through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the World Series, said while he never played in an All-Star game he’s excited to represent the team during the festivities

“I’ve always enjoyed the festivities that go into it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a native New Yorker, but I feel as if I am. I can’t wait to get this All-Star game started.”

Managers this year will be San Francisco Giants Skipper Bruce Bochy and Detroit Tigers’ Jim Leyland.

The game’s logo was revealed last August, mainly resembling the traditional Mets logo and is worn on the team’s sleeve throughout this season.

Bloomberg said the city has become “the sports capital of the world,” and proceeded to list all the major events, past and future, the city has hosted.

On security, the mayor has no worries the NYPD will be successful in keeping the city safe as fans worldwide pour into the five boroughs for the game.

Ballots for the American League and National League were also released:

For Met fans:

  • First base: Ike Davis
  • Second base: Daniel Murphy
  • Shortstop: Rueben Tejada
  • Third base: David Wright
  • Catcher: John Buck
  • Outfielders: Mike Baxter, Lucad Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis

For Yankee fans:

  • First base: Mark Teixeira
  • Second base: Robinson Cano
  • Shortstop: Derek Jeter
  • Third Base: Kevin Youkilis
  • Catcher: Chris Stewart
  • Outfielders: Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki

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MLB All-Star Game, FanFest tickets now on sale


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

For the first time since 1964, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will take place in Queens. In the days leading up to the event, the MLB will host a variety of events for the Mid-Summer Classic.

Culminating with the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, the All-Star fest will feature a variety of events for visitors to enjoy, from Friday, July 12- Tuesday, July 16.

All attractions are free with the price of admission. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military personnel and children 12 and under. For the price of admission visitors can enjoy exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, take a swing at the batting cages and free autograph sessions with former Mets and MLB legends and Hall of Famers.

Fans will also be able to purchase single game e-tickets to the All-Star Sunday event. Admission to the event includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The futures game will feature minor league prospects, which in the past has included currents Mets players Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and David Wright.

The celebrity softball game will feature stars from the film music and television industry, teaming up with participants from the futures game.

The home-run derby will take place on July 15th.

For more information and updates on future events and to purchase tickets you can visit AllStarGame.com or call 1-888-FanFest.

 

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