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MLB All Star Game 2009

Conrad Kn | Conrad Kn ( Mon 6th, July 2009 )

Ever since the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, the entire nation waits for the MLB season to reach its halfway point to see the cream of the crop duke it out in the Major League Baseball All Star game.

High hopes, big stakes and a surprise twist were the trademarks of last year's match when the American League snatched home field advantage from the National League with a 4-3 result.

This year, at the St. Louis Cardinals' Bush Stadium, players from all over the Nation and selected via polls by the fan base, the teams' management and heir coaches. As the voting nearly closes in the All-Star game drafts, stories or rivalry and triumph are already appearing in the media.

But we will not only get the usual spectacle of the 50 top baseball prospects in action, slugging, throwing and catching their way to victory. Fifteen-time All Star player and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith will be helming the U.S. team against former Cardinals double play partner Jose Oquendo, coaching the World team at the All-Star Futures Game. Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will be performing a charity concert accompanied by no other than Elvis Costello under the Gateway Arch on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT, with proceeding going towards the "Stand Up To Cancer" organization. And no other than U.S. President Barack Obama will be throwing the first pitch, joining the likes of Gerald Ford and John F. Kennedy.

2009 All-Stars Week Schedule

July 10-14
Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest at America's Center

July 11
All-Star Charity Concert presented by Pepsi: Featuring Sheryl Crow

July 12
MLB All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike
Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Busch Stadium featuring:
XM All-Star Futures Game
Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

July 13
Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Busch Stadium featuring:
State Farm Home Run Derby

July 14
MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy
80th MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium

This year%u2019s attendance is expected to be as high as last year, despite the sports' tickets sale decline in the current season, the largest in seven years, caused primarily by the current economic climate.

Fox Sports will be televising the game, including pregame ceremonies starting at 8p.m. Easter Time, while radio coverage will be provided exclusively by ESPN Radio.

You can keep up to date with the MLB All-Star Game and all All-Star Week happenings at OddsAndNews.com

Conrad Kn

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