NEW YORK -- Lights. Camera. All-Stars.
As if there wasn't enough pomp and circumstance that naturally accompanies an All-Star Game being held in the city that never sleeps, let's not forget one more layer that has become a staple of the Midsummer Classic for the better part of a decade: The All-Star Red Carpet Show, presented by Chevrolet.
All members of the 2013 National and American League All-Star teams will parade through Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. ET, giving fans a free-of-charge opportunity to see their favorite players up close just before the teams make their way to Citi Field for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The sound of honking taxis and the sight of gridlocked traffic will, for one hour at least, dissipate in order to make room for open-air Chevrolet vehicles that will carry the All-Stars. The parade will move approximately 80,000 square feet on a red carpet, beginning at Bryant Park on 42nd Street and Sixth Ave., continuing past Grand Central Terminal and ending at 42nd Street and Third Ave.
Current All-Stars aren't the only baseball dignitaries to participate in the Red Carpet Show. The Grand Marshal will be none other than Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who started his career as a Met in 1967 and won 198 games over 12 seasons in New York. Both All-Star managers -- San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy and Detroit's Jim Leyland -- will be on parade, as will several Mets legends, including Al Leiter, Mike Piazza, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
Additionally, the 30 PEOPLE Magazine "Tribute for Heroes" winners will be there, as will Major League mascots and the World Series trophy, crafted by Tiffany & Company and claimed by the champion Giants last October.
The Red Carpet Show started in Detroit for the 2005 All-Star Game and was well received by the fans, gaining momentum every year. The Roberto Clemente family served as grand marshals over the Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh the following year, and every year after that, the Red Carpet Show provided a special flair that was exclusive to the local fan base.
MLB Network will telecast the event at 3:00 p.m. ET, with a simulcast available on MLB.com. MLB Network also will air a shorter version at 7:30 p.m.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.