07/07/10 8:13 PM ET
Many ways to commemorate All-Star Game
By Didier Morais / MLB.com
If you can't be there, then you are still in luck. The MLB.com Shop offers wide options for fans to embrace the same All-Star atmosphere, all from the convenience of home or office, and as an added bonus, you can get free domestic ground shipping on orders over $75 if you purchase by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday.
Here are the Top 5 All-Star gear recommendations:
1. It's time to stand out from the crowd. Most baseball fans have at least one team jersey featuring their favorite player. But how many of them actually own an authentic, All-Star batting practice jersey with that player's name on it? Better yet, how many of them possess a personal 2010 All-Star replica with a customized name embroidered on the back?
This is your chance. In addition to that Mets blue-and-orange David Wright jersey, you might want to showcase your player loyalty and order an all-blue, National League Jersey featuring the notorious No. 5. Joe Mauer's No. 7 American League Jersey probably will be in demand, considering that he was baseball's top vote-getter.
Players wear these jerseys throughout Gatorade Workout Day on Monday and that night's State Farm Home Run Derby, as well as for batting practice before the All-Star Game. Then they wear their normal MLB club uniform during the Midsummer Classic itself, home uni for the AL club and road uni for the NL stars.
If you buy now, you'll also be eligible for the 2010 All-Star fan pack.
2.With apologies to Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson, Vladimir Guerrero, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan and so many others, it's time to celebrate the heralded return of the greatest All-Star attraction in Anaheim history -- Mickey Mouse.
If you really want to savor and replicate the Anaheim atmosphere, then sprinkle some Disneyland into your life. Only at the MLB.com Shop can fans combine their two favorite pastimes -- baseball and cartoons -- with 36 designs of MLB-themed Mickey Mouse collectible statuettes and related merchandise available. They are replicas of the giant Mickeys that have been positioned all over Southern California for this jewel event.
3. All-Star Quiz time: Who has hit the most home runs in MLB All-Star Game history? Oh, you don't know? The answer is Stan Musial with six.
But you would've known that if you went to the MLB.com Shop. For $15, fans can purchase the 2010 Official Major League Baseball All-Star Game Program, which contains more than 270 pages of coverage of the signature summer event's 81-year history.
While you're scouring the Shop's options, take advantage of the Limited Edition Player Edition of the program, which features the picture of a 2010 All-Star of your choice on the front cover.
4. Raise your glasses high to celebrate your team's victory. That is, if you have a All-Star 2010 Insulated Tumbler.
Once the final out at the Midsummer Classic is recorded, you should partake in a celebratory drink -- especially if you have guests over the house. In that case, an assortment of 10-to-24-ounce All-Star embroidered Tumblers are available on the MLB.com Shop.
Then every day you can drink your beverages like an All-Star.
5. Sure, you may be miles away from Anaheim, but that doesn't mean you aren't dealing with the sweltering sun. So conceal your scalp with an Authentic 2010 All-Star Game BP Cap.
If you followed recommendation No. 1, then it'll match pretty well with those snazzy embroidered jerseys and bring you one step closer to completely embracing the All-Star experience.
If you're not going for that look, then keep it simple. Support your favorite team's All-Stars and order a team cap with a 2010 All-Star patch stitched on the side. That should do the trick.
Regardless of which item you choose, just don't shortchange yourself. Treat yourself like an All-Star and remember the Midsummer Classic is only once a year, so consider ordering a 2010 All-Star Commemorative Baseball or a 24-karrat All-Star Commemorative Gold Coin to preserve those precious memories.
Didier Morais is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.