New York's All-Star game plans unveiled - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

New York's All-Star game plans unveiled

Posted: Updated:

By JENNIFER PELTZ | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's best players will parade past Grand Central Terminal, and a convention center will be transformed into a baseball theme park as part of the festivities for the first All-Star game at the Mets' new stadium.

The party plans include five days of fanfare, including All-Star players parading along 42nd Street on a massive red carpet, player appearances and baseball clinics at the Javits Center convention facility, and, of course, the annual home run derby at Citi Field.

"There's nothing that's comparable to playing in an All-Star game in New York," Mets third baseman David Wright said Wednesday at a City Hall news conference announcing festivities leading up to the July 16 showdown at Citi Field.

Baseball also marked the official start of All-Star voting, with the online ballot up and running, and voting slated for every major league stadium by May 7.

Wright has been selected for six All-Star games, including 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium. But he would "gladly trade all six of those in to participate in this year's," he said at City Hall, flanked by former Mets Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco and Mookie Wilson.

The Mets last hosted the All-Star game in 1964 in Shea Stadium. Citi Field opened in 2009.

"New York knows how to throw a party, and this is going to be something special," said Franco, a four-time All-Star who pitched for the Mets for 14 years.

"And, you know, I already voted for David 15 times," he joked.

This year's All-Star events are expected to draw 176,000 fans and journalists, generate more than $190 million in economic activity and help show off New York's growing muscle as a sports hub, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Besides the All-Star game, the city boasts two new baseball stadiums, a new basketball arena and a role in hosting next year's Super Bowl at the new MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

"New York City really has become the sports capital of America," Bloomberg said before receiving an honorary Mets jersey with the No. 13.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:15:28 GMT
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices