2013-07-17 / Front Page

All- Star Fever Hits Queens

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Team USA celebrates after defeating Team World during the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Team USA celebrates after defeating Team World during the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Photo Jason D. Antos The 2013 MLB All-Star festivities began Sunday afternoon July 14 at Citi Fieid with the All-Star Futures Game. Hosted by Sirius XM and featuring some of the game’s top young talents, Team USA defeated Team World 4-2. Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Davidson took home MVP honors with a two-run home run in the fourth inning that was the game turner.

Team USA, coached this year by Mookie Wilson, has won nine of the 15 meetings overall.

Following the game was the second program on the bill, the All- Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Taco Bell. The celebrity roster included singer Ashanti, actor and comedian George Lopez, former NFL Quarterback Boomer Esiason, star of the sitcom, King of Queens, Kevin James and 2004 Olympic gold medalist and Team USA softball great Jennie Finch. Baseball legends in the game included Rollie Fingers, Mike Piazza, Dwight Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Darryl Strawberry and Andre Dawson.

The All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, which lasts for only six innings, started in 2001 in Seattle and has become a fan favorite along with the Home Run Derby.

The National League team took home an 8-5 win on the strength of a strong pitching performance from Finch and home runs from Piazza,

Dawson and Marine Corps veteran Josh Wege, who lost the lower halves of both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The American League team, headlined by Hall of Famers Henderson and Fingers, struggled defensively throughout the game.

In the end, James and Wege earned co-MVP honors.

Tuesday’s All-Star Game was the first ever played at Citi Field and the second hosted by the New York Mets. The last time the game was in Flushing was in 1964 at Shea Stadium.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his weekly radio address that, “The All-Star Game, also known as the ‘Midsummer Classic’, is going to give our city a big boost, and it should be a lot of fun, too.”

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