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2001 All-Star Game
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2001 All-Star Game

Event Notebook  72nd All-Star Game
A team of reporters have descended on Seattle and will provide a live running notebook from All-Star Week. Check in often to see which celebrities are hanging out at the ballpark and around town from July 8 to July 10.

 Radio Shack All-Star Sunday TUESDAY, JULY 10  |  MONDAY, JULY 9  |  SUNDAY, JULY 8  

6:07 p.m. PT
The festivities have ended for the day at SAFECO Field, as the magnificent roof smoothly closes over the field. They've covered the mound and brought out the batting-practice cage for tomorrow's first big event, American League batting practice. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and there's no threat of rain, but they close the roof just to be safe.

Tonight, everyone is headed to watch the premiere of the Freddie Prinze Jr. movie Summer Catch, a story about a minor league ballplayer in the Cape Cod League. Many of the film's stars participated in this afternoon's All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

There's plenty of excitement in the air for tomorrow. We're hearing reports Mariners second baseman Bret Boone will participate in the Home Run Derby, which will thrill the rabid Seattle fans. Hardly can anyone wait to see baseballs flying through the Seattle evening sky on Monday at the Home Run Derby, and Boone's presence would make it even more special for the hometown fans.

5:05 p.m. PT
The All-Star Futures Game is over, with the United States prevailing over the World team, 5-1. Both clubhouses featured an upbeat atmosphere, and the players were very available for autographs and mingling with the crowd. The World got on the board on a homer by Wilson Betemit, a Braves prospect from the Dominican Republic.

Former pitcher Jack McDowell chats with
4:54 p.m. PT
We just spotted Jack McDowell in the crowd. He has a connection to the Futures Game because his brother is the agent of U.S. Team star Joe Borchard! McDowell just isn't in town to take in baseball -- he's holding a benefit concert in Seattle on Monday night for MLB Charities.

"I got the idea last year when a reporter called me about the connection between rock and baseball," he said. "It got me to thinking Seattle would be a great place to have a show. I hope this is the first annual event and we do this every year."

On the schedule for Monday's show are Jack's band Stickfigure, Marcy Playground, local artist Pete Drodge, Wellwater Conspiracy, the Supersuckers and local legends Mudhoney. Also, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will make a special appearance, singing a few songs with Wellwater Conspiracy and the Supersuckers.

"My wife and I have known Eddie and his wife since way back when we were in San Diego, before Pearl Jam," McDowell said.

4:33 p.m. PT
The World players may be losing the All-Star Futures Game, but that doesn't mean they're not having fun. Most of the Dominican players on the squad are in one corner of the dugout singing a song from their homeland for MLB Radio and the cameras of This Week in Baseball.

4:07 p.m. PT
It's the top of the sixth inning here at the Futures game and the U.S. leads 5-0. We just walked a by a crude cardboard sign in the World dugout that reads: "Paz para Vieques," which means "Peace for Vieques," referring to the U.S. Navy's controversial test bombing on the outlying Puerto Rican Island. There are three Puerto Ricans on this diverse World team.

On a lighter note, Carlos Pena, a Rangers infield prospect from the Dominican Republic is trying to talk to South Korean Mets pitching prospect Jae Soe in English, as the two film a promotion for ESPN's Baseball Tonight. South Korean pitcher Seung Song , who is with the Red Sox organization, is also filming a promotion for the ESPN show.

3:19 p.m. PT
The crowd at SAFECO just erupted when Mike Cameron's selection to the American League All-Star team was announced over the loudspeaker. Cameron, the eighth Mariner selected to the squad, replaces Tampa Bay's Greg Vaughn.

On the concourse level, there's a big list of all the players participating in Tuesday's All-Star Game, and some industrious Mariner fan place a homemade Cameron banner next to the last player listed for the American League, which happened also to be a Mariner, reliever Jeff Nelson.

3:03 p.m. PT
It's still beautiful here in Seattle, as the All-Star Futures Game has begun, with no score in the second inning. The teams are divided between the United States and the World, with representatives from as far Korea, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Venezuela, Cuba and Canada.

Jae Seo, a Mets pitching prospect from South Korea, just got through a flawless first inning, in which he struck out well-known Padres prospect Sean Burroughs.

Former Stanford quarterback and current White Sox top prospect Joe Borchard struck out in the second inning.

2:30 p.m. PT
Actor Marc Blucas and former Mariner Alvin Davis earned co-MVP honors of the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at SAFECO Field.

We caught up with Blucas, who also participated in All-Star Week last year in Atlanta, when he went to pick up his trophy. Blucas played college basketball at Wake Forest and was a teammate of NBA star Tim Duncan, but he never played organized baseball. We asked him what his plans for the rest of the week. After catching the premiere of his movie Summer Catch on Sunday night, he's going to stick around Seattle and see all the All-Star events, including the game on Tuesday.

1:30 p.m. PT
Pearl Jam guitarist Jeff Ament just walked off a little discouraged at the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. "I'm stinking up the field right now," Ament said. Ament said although they all discussed coming down to SAFECO, he didn't know if any other members of Pearl Jam were in the crowd.

Sightings of Eddie Vedder have gone entirely unconfirmed.

So far, Don Mattingly and Steve Garvey both launched homers in the game.

12:30 p.m. PT
The crowd is really getting into the introductions for the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game here at SAFECO. There are two teams, the Espressos and Lattes. Interestingly, the former Major League players got much bigger hands than the actors.

ESPN's Rich Eisen interviews former Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly.
Starting with the Espressos, Kenny Mayne is king of all he surveys today, as he might say, after getting a very nice hand from his hometown crowd.

Freddie Prinze Jr. and his shaved head drew a lot of cat-calls and whistles. Howie Long trotted out with his cap on backwards to a big ovation.

Keith Hernandez, introduced as legendary baseball player and actor from Seinfeld, also got a very nice hand.

There must be some Sonics fans in the crowd, because the Lakers' Rick Fox drew almost as many boos as cheers.

The Seattle crowd saves its loudest applause for this squad for the Wizard of Oz, Ozzie Smith, even though he doesn't even do one back-flip on his way out to the field.

On the Lattes, former Mariner and current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Harold Reynolds gets a big ovation. He's followed by legend Ernie Banks, an honorary captain that the crowd obviously loves.

Former Yankee great Don Mattingly gets a nice applause, along with former Dodgers star Steve Garvey and legendary reliever Goose Gossage.

Actor Jim Caviezel, who starred in the sci-fi hit Frequency in which the Mets' 1969 world championship played a big part, is also from the Seattle area and gets a very nice hand.

The biggest hand for the Espressos, however, went to Alvin Davis, Mr. Mariner -– the first inductee in the Mariners Hall of Fame.

12:15 p.m. PT
Welcome to the All-Star Week in Seattle. So much for the all the cracks about the weather we had planned, it's a brilliantly sunny day here and the festivities are under way. The participants in the Futures Game have just finished batting practice and the stars are drifting toward the field for the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

Tina from Survivor signs autographs for fans.
Fittingly, the first celebrity sighting is a perfect representative of the Seattle music explosion, Pearl Jam guitarist Jeff Ament, who is warming up for the 12:30 p.m. game.

On the other side of the field, Freddie Prinze Jr. is discussing the finer points of hitting with the Florida Marlin mascot. Prinze Jr. is also chatting with the media about his upcoming movie Summer Catch, in which he plays a ballplayer in the Cape Cod League.

Other sightings include Tina from Survivor, actor Robert Wuhl, actor James Van Der Beek and actor Thomas Jane, fresh off his role as Mickey Mantle in the HBO movie 61*. Actor and NBA player Rick Fox looks like he's aspiring to become a two-sport star, as he shags fly balls in left field during batting practice.

Seattle native and ESPN SportsCenter host Kenny Mayne is one of the more popular figures here signing autographs, but not quite as popular as Seventh Heaven star Jessica Biel, who signed autographs for about a half an hour to the delight of fans. Biel also stars as Prinze Jr.'s love interest in Summer Catch.

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