Fan can register for 2012 MLB All-Star ticket strips beginning August 17

Here’s some exciting news from MLB!!! 

Registration for the opportunity to purchase ticket strips and to volunteer for 2012 MLB All-Star events will begin Wednesday, August 17 for the general public at allstargame.com and royals.com/2012. Each strip includes one ticket to each All-Star Week event at the ballpark, two MLB All-Star FanFest tickets and one Official All-Star Game program. MLB All-Star Week at Kauffman Stadium includes the 83rd MLB All-Star Game (July 10), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (July 9) featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby, and Taco Bell All-Star Sunday (July 8 ) featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. MLB All-Star FanFest (July 6–10) will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Winners for ticket strips will be selected at random to ensure as many fans as possible have the chance to purchase strips. Date, time and instructions for purchase will be communicated via e-mail to each selected applicant by the end of February. Existing Kansas City Royals season ticket holders will receive ticket information by the end of February for their opportunity to purchase ticket strips.

With thousands of baseball fans from around the world planning to visit Kansas City during 2012 MLB All-Star Week, 2,000 community volunteers will be sought to assist with All-Star Week and All-Star FanFest. Qualified volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, enjoy baseball and volunteering, pass a background check and be available to work at least one five-hour shift for a minimum of three consecutive days during All-Star Week.

 The 2012 All-Star Game will be the third ever held in Kansas City and the second to be hosted by the Royals.  On July 11, 1960 at Municipal Stadium, Willie Mays led the game off with a triple to start a three-run first inning, and the National League jumped out to a 5-0 third inning lead en route to a 5-3 victory. Mays went 3-for-4 for an N.L. squad that included fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial and Eddie Mathews. Hall of Famer Al Kaline’s two-run shot in the eighth inning was not enough for the American League. On July 24, 1973 at what was then known as Royals Stadium, 21 future Hall of Famers – including 17 players, managers Sparky Anderson and Dick Williams, A.L. coach Whitey Herzog and umpire Nestor Chylak – took part in the Midsummer Classic. Bobby Bonds earned Most Valuable Player honors with a home run, a double and two RBI in the N.L.’s 7-1 win. Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and Willie Davis helped overcome an A.L. pitching staff that included Catfish Hunter, Bert Blyleven, Nolan Ryan and Rollie Fingers.

Gatorade All-Star Workout Day features American League and National League batting practice followed by the State Farm Home Run Derby, where players from each League participate in a home run hitting contest. Recent winners include Robinson Cano (2011), David Ortiz (2010) and Prince Fielder (2009), who served as the first-ever captains at the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby. Since 2007, State Farm and MLB have donated more than $2 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America through the “Gold Ball” program and other donations.

 Taco Bell All-Star Sunday includes the XM All-Star Futures Game, which showcases many of the top Minor League prospects, has featured Kansas City’s Alex Gordon (2006), Eric Hosmer (2010) and Mike Moustakas (2010). Players who have competed in both the XM All-Star Futures Game and the MLB All-Star Game include Prince Fielder, Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, Felix Hernandez, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Verlander. The 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, also part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, will feature stars from film, music, television and entertainment teaming up with former Major Leaguers and former Royals stars immediately following the XM All-Star Futures Game. Past celebrity participants have included Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, Marisa Miller, Chris Rock and Jordin Sparks. The game has also featured a collection of Hall of Famers including Ernie Banks, Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.

Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. The five-day event, beginning on July 6, will serve as the launch for MLB All-Star Week, which will culminate with the 83rd Midsummer Classic on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium. MLB All-Star FanFest is the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, providing an unrivaled experience for fans of all ages. Among its attractions are an exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics from Major League legends, free autograph sessions with former Royals and MLB legends, memorabilia, and much more.

For more information, please visit allstargame.com and royals.com/2012.

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