2018 MLB All-Star Game Preview
The MLB All-Star Game is just a few weeks away, with voting currently underway, so get your ballots in if you haven’t yet. For the first time in nearly 50 years the Midsummer Classic will be returning to the nation’s capital, and it marks the first time the Nationals have hosted since coming into existence. So what should we expect when the top players hit Nationals Park?
The festivities kick off on Friday, July 13 with the GEICO FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This is the place to be if you want to get autographs and engage in fan-friendly events and games or buy some swag. Just across the way at The Yards will be the PLAY BALL Park, where youth baseball and softball team up with adult leagues for both sports to have a little fun while also helping to provide educational opportunities for youth and others. Saturday, July 15 adds the Color Run 5K, and fans of all ages can take a jog around the Anacostia River, taking in the incredible views of the city skyline.
Sunday, July 15, is when the real fun begins, though. First on deck is the SiriusXM All-Star Futures game, with the top Minor League players facing off and providing a sneak peak at some up-and-comers. Following that is the Legends and Celebrities Softball Game, when the top players of a few years ago take on celebrities of varying degrees of skill.
2018 All-Star Futures Game (Includes Legends and Celebrity Softball Game)Nationals Park · Washington, DC
On Monday, July 16, the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day gets underway, and the highlight is, as always, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. While the buzz around the fan-favorite event has been killed a little by top players (including host player and sponsor spokesperson Bryce Harper) who are considering sitting it out, there are plenty of others who will be happy to take their places.
On Tuesday, July 17, the festivities will wrap up with the game itself. The roster has not yet been decided — not by a long shot — so if you haven’t voted yet, get on it! The early buzz is that there may be as many as 10 fresh faces on the squad, a welcome respite for fans tired of seeing the same players make it every year based on name recognition instead of skill.
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