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2016 MLB All-Star Game FanFest: What you need to know

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SAN DIEGO – MLB All-Star FanFest kicks off Friday and is expected to attract thousands of baseball fans to the San Diego Convention Center.

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Between July 8 and 12, more than 40 Major League Baseball legends and the San Diego Padres will make appearances at what may be the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world.

For five days, fans can also participate in baseball training drills, test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages, see a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP and get their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and others.

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Friday, July 8: Opening Day/Kids Day

  • Opening Ceremonies will include a kid National Anthem singer from the San Diego Musical Theatre, Color Guard from
  • Mira Mesa High School, Jr. ROTC Color Guard and local Boys & Girls Club kids
  • First 2,000 kids, 12 and under, to receive a Trevor Hoffman Bleacher Creature Jr.
  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame singing competition
  • MLB Mascot Home Run Derby
  • National Pro Fastpitch Clinic
  • PONY T-Ball Exhibition Game
  • Player appearances to include All-Star Spokespeople, Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman and many more*

Saturday, July 9: Military Appreciation Weekend

  • National Anthem to be sung by a member of the USCG
  • Joint Color Guard will be present with members from Navy, Marine, Army and Air Force
  • First 2,000 fans to receive a Lil’ Teammate
  • NBBA (The National Beep Baseball Association) Exhibition Game and Demonstration featuring the Arizona Phenoms
  • Baseball Fitness Bootcamp
  • Player appearances to include Rollie Fingers, Chris Gwynn, Steve Finley, Gaylord Perry and many more*
  • Military personnel can purchase a specially priced FanFest ticket for only $12

Sunday, July 10: Military Appreciation Weekend

  • Color Guard, Soldiers and Sailors will be present to open up the day’s festivities
  • First 2,000 fans to receive a Military Patch
  • Youth Academy Wiffle Tournament
  • Softball Clinic with Jennie Finch
  • Wheelchair Baseball Exhibition Game presented by The Wheelchair Federation
  • Player appearances to include Heath Bell, Fergie Jenkins, Damian Jackson, Andy Ashby and many more*
  • Military personnel can purchase a specially priced FanFest ticket for only $12

Monday, July 11: Tribute Day

  • San Diego Fire Rescue Department will be present to open up the day’s festivities
  • National Anthem to be sung by a member of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department
  • First 2,000 fans to receive a Mini Dave Winfield Bobblehead
  • First Responders CPR training session on the Diamond
  • Softball Clinic with Lisa Fernandez
  • Player appearances to include Bryce Harper, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Ozzie Smith and many more*

Tuesday, July 12: Trending Tuesday

  • Get social and share your photos and videos at MLB All-Star FanFest by using the hashtag, #fanfest
  • First 2,000 fans to receive a Reusable Tote Bag Presented by tokidoki
  • Player appearances to include Current Player Wil Myers, Orlando Cepeda, Terry Kennedy and many more*
  • Fans can purchase the Two for Tuesday FanFest ticket special – buy 2, get 2 additional tickets free

Then, don’t forget to watch the pre-game special on FOX 5 beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the MLB All-Star Game at 4:30 p.m.

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