The 2007 All-Star Week festivities will begin on Friday, July 6 with opening ceremonies for the 17th annual DHL All-Star FanFest. The extremely popular interactive baseball theme park and largest baseball fan event in the nation will be making its first appearance in Northern California. The event will be open daily through July 10 at the Moscone West Convention Center.
DHL All-Star FanFest is an unrivaled experience with activities and exhibits designed for families and fans of all ages. The event will transform over 300,000 square feet at the Moscone West Convention Center into a celebration that captures the thrills and excitement of Major League Baseball with more than 40 interactive activities and historical exhibits such as life-size video batting and pitching cages, free autographs from Giants players, Hall of Fame players and Major League Baseball legends, youth skills clinics taught by current and former MLB players and much more.
The on-field festivities begin at AT&T Park on July 8 with Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, including the XM All-Star Futures Game featuring top prospects from Minor League Baseball and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
Gatorade® All-Star Workout Day will take place on Monday, July 9. This is the fans' first chance to see the 2007 All-Stars as they take batting practice. The highlight of the day is the Home Run Derby, which will be televised live nationally on ESPN. Net Proceeds from Gatorade® All-Star Workout Day, expected to total more than $4 million, will be donated to charitable efforts supported by Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants as part of the All-Star Legacy program.
MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting for the 78th All-Star Game begins today with a special on-field ceremony prior to the St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park. The MLB All-Star Balloting Program, the largest balloting program in professional sports, consists of Major League and Minor League in-stadium balloting; online balloting at MLB.com, sponsored by Monster; retail balloting at Wal-Mart stores, sponsored by Pepsi, Frito-Lay and Quaker; and in-stadium balloting at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, sponsored by Rogers Personal TV; and balloting in Puerto Rico, sponsored by DIRECTV. Last year's top vote-getters were Albert Pujols (3,418,555 votes) of the St. Louis Cardinals and Manny Ramirez (3,101,161) of the Boston Red Sox.
The 2007 All-Star Game will be the third hosted by San Francisco since the Giants moved west in 1958. Overall, it will be the fifth All-Star Game hosted by the franchise, as the Polo Grounds hosted the event in 1934 and 1942. Eighty players have represented the Giants in the Midsummer Classic in franchise history.
The 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.