MLB All-Star Weekend
The MLB All Star Weekend was an amazing experience. It was four days of great memories that my family will never forget. I wanted to take advantage of the events especially since it was in my backyard for the first time since 1969. It might be a while before it returns to the nation’s capital. The last time the All-Star game was in Baltimore was 1993, which was 25 years ago, so there is no telling when the mid-summer classic will return to the district.
On Saturday, we attended the Geico All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Convention Center. We had and absolute blast as we participated in batting, pitching, and fielding drills. There were some interactive games and my oldest son participated in MLB the Show homerun challenge sponsored by PlayStation 4. The family took pictures in our Nationals jerseys and got baseball cards created at the Topps station. We created interactive videos that we were able to share with our family and friends and I was also able to get an autograph baseball from Hall of Famer, Juan Marichal.
On Sunday we went back to FanFest and we revisited many of the interactive stations we attended the day before. We also took a picture with the World Series trophy, purchased some souvenirs and spent time at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) exhibit. Although, we visited the NLBM last summer, it was great for those who have not had a chance to see the actual museum in Kansas City. We received tons of swag at FanFest; from koozies to towels to bobbleheads to seat cushions.
Later that day, we visited the Play Ball Park which was a scaled down and free version of FanFest. The highlight on Friday was the Future’s game, which showcased the talents of minor leaguers who are on the verge of joining the big leagues and the Legends and Celebrity softball game which my boys had no interest in. However, I actually enjoyed the game.
On Monday, we may have attended the most exciting HR derby of all time. Maybe I am being somewhat biased because I am a Nationals fan and my boys’ favorite player; Bryce Harper won the HR derby in dramatic fashion on his home field, but I stand by my thoughts. And the majority of the fans in attendance probably agree with me because Nationals Park was absolutely rocking as we watched a record 221 HRs turn into souvenirs for fans! The HR derby was easily my son DJ’s favorite event of MLB All-Star weekend. I also was able to hang out with my high-school-art-class partner, Pat and his partner Justin during the HR derby. We crushed quite a few beers and a spiked lemonade that I definitely regretted the next morning, but it was definitely worth it.
The MLB All-Star game was the reason I invested in the weekend. It was a chance for me to finally see the crème de la crème play on the same field on Tuesday night. Watching the mid-summer classic was a lifelong dream of mine that I was able to share with my family. We were even lucky enough to get one inning of free baseball as the American League outslugged the National League 8-6 in 10 innings. We witnessed a record 10 homers leave Nationals Park.
It was an incredible four days for the Turners. A weekend we will never forget.