07/06/10 9:39 PM ET
Fans can follow All-Star Red Carpet Show
Hall of Famers Carew, Jackson to serve as Grand Marshals
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
Next stop, Disneyland.
The sixth annual MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy will give fans the opportunity to see their favorite All-Stars, plus a couple of Hall of Famers, up close on the streets of Anaheim and on television nationally via MLB Network.
On July 13, fans can watch the procession of players, family members and coaching staffs for the 81st All-Star Game as they make their way down an approximately 6,000-square-yard red carpet stretching three-quarters of a mile from the corner of South Harbor Boulevard at Convention Way to Disney Way, where the public portion concludes.
The parade then will continue through Disneyland to Main Street U.S.A. for guests in the park. Besides Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Cinderella and the whole gang, Disney guests will be treated to a parade that will feature names like Miguel, Albert and Chase.
Also on hand and leading the parade along its route will be Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson, who will be serving as Grand Marshals.
Carew and Jackson both made their Major League debuts in 1967 and played four seasons together for the Angels from 1982-85. They represented the Angels in three consecutive Midsummer Classics from 1982-84.
Carew, an 18-time AL All-Star, and Jackson, a 14-time AL All-Star, led the Angels to the 1982 AL West crown before losing to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the ALCS.
The festivities are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT and is expected to feature all of the MLB All-Stars and the All-Star managers, all riding in Chevrolet Silverados. It has become the traditional way that players get to the ballpark for the Midsummer Classic, ever since the first such parade outside Comerica Park in Detroit in 2005. MLB Network will telecast the event nationally at 4 p.m. ET and air an abbreviated version at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"The All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy gives fans the opportunity to see their favorite MLB stars in a unique way and brings fans closer to the game," said Tim Brosnan, executive vice president, business, for MLB. "In addition to the people of Anaheim, we are thrilled to bring the event into the Disneyland Resort to share this celebration of Major League Baseball with their guests from across America and around the world."
"Disneyland Resort is thrilled to participate in the MLB All-Star Game festivities, and help shine the spotlight on the entire Anaheim Resort Area," said George Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort. "With the Midsummer Classic here in our own backyard, I can't imagine a more perfect All-Star Game parade route than one that concludes on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland park and allows our guests to join in the celebration."
With the outcome of the All-Star Game again determining which league will have home-field advantage in the World Series -- and the National League is still trying to win this event for the first time since 1996 -- the World Series Trophy, crafted by Tiffany & Company, will be on display as part of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy. The trophy is traditionally placed on the last vehicle, like Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"We are glad the MLB All-Stars will ride in style in Chevrolets for the sixth year in a row," said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president for Chevrolet Marketing. "Watching the MLB stars will be a memorable experience for baseball fans around the world who catch the All-Star Red Carpet Show."
"We look forward to hosting the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, and in particular the All-Star Game Red Carpet Show," said City of Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle. "This is a wonderful opportunity for fans to enjoy the All-Star Summer and see their favorite players up close as they travel down Harbor Boulevard. Anaheim stands ready to welcome the players and the fans."
As part of the ongoing commitment by Major League Baseball to environmental sustainability, MLB is again working with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), implementing measures to reduce the event's environmental footprint. For this parade, the players will be traveling on a red carpet made with 100-percent recycled fiber and produced by electricity created by 100-percent renewable wind and solar power. Chevy will be providing the Silverado vehicles with E85 ethanol capability for the players and their families.
As an added treat at last year's parade in St. Louis, the 30 All-Stars Among Us winners representing each club were seated in several parade vehicles. There are usually legends involved as well, such as Ozzie Smith last year and Yogi Berra the year before in New York.
Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, MLB will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Angel Stadium. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 11, featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 12 featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.
Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Game Charity 5K and Fun Run, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit four cancer organizations; and the parade.
As part of the theme involving Disney in this year's event, fans in the Southern California will be able to find large Mickey Mouse statues all over the region, each representing different clubs and themes as per previous All-Star Weeks. Forever Collectibles replicas of the 7 1/2-foot-tall statues are now available at the MLB.com Shop, and you can collect all 36 of them.
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau de Sport, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.