The 2017 All-Star game is almost upon us, and for the first time in franchise history, the Marlins are hosting it. Before the game on Tuesday, there are going to be plenty of events to keep the fans entertained. Let’s take a look at the schedule for every event leading up to the All-Star Game.
July 7th-11th: All-Star FanFest
All-Star weekend officially starts with FanFest, which will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Rollie Fingers, Juan Marichal, Tony Perez, Jeff Conine, and Jack McKeon are among the legends that will be making appearances at FanFest. Fans can also take part in the “virtual reality” Home Run Derby, which allows them to hit homers like Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge. From Friday July 7th to Monday July 10th, FanFest will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Tuesday, July 11th, it will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
July 8: Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K
This colorful 5K will begin at 8 p.m., and the run both starts and ends at Bayfront Park. The run will take place in downtown Miami, and it will feature neon lights and electronic dance music. At around 9:45 p.m., once the majority of the runners have finished, Lil Jon will be performing for all the runners.
July 9: MLB All-Star Zumba
This Zumba workout will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Bayfront Park. The workout will be led by the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez. MLB All-Star Zumba will also include a performance by Don Omar.
July 9th: All-Star Sunday
The first event on All-Star Sunday will be the Futures Game, where the MLB’s best prospects will compete at Marlins Park. The prospects will either be on Team USA or Team World, and the managers for both of the teams are Marlin legends Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria. Current Marlin stars Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich both played in the Futures Game at one point. The Futures Game will begin at 4 p.m. The Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will feature Marlin legends such as Ivan Rodriguez, Al Leiter, Andre Dawson, Livan Hernandez, and many more. Other celebrities and legends participating include former Dolphin Jason Taylor, actor Jamie Foxx, and MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson. Flo Rida will be performing in between the Futures Game and the softball game.
July 10th: Home Run Derby
The Home Run Derby features the best sluggers in all of baseball, including Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who won the Home Run Derby last year. Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is also going to participate in the Derby. The Home Run Derby will begin at 8 p.m., and it will be televised on ESPN. Along with the two Marlins, rookie sensation Aaron Judge, who leads the league with 29 homers, will be participating in the Derby. Joining those three are the Twins Miguel Sano, the Dodgers Cody Bellinger, the Royals Mike Moustakas, the Yankees Gary Sanchez, and the Rockies Charlie Blackmon.
July 11th: Red Carpet Parade
The parade will feature players and managers, and Jeff Conine and Tony Perez will serve as the grand marshals for the parade. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., and it will start on Biscayne Boulevard. The parade will end at Northeast 8th Street, which is in front of the American Airlines Arena.
July 11th: MLB All-Star Game
Everything leads up to this one game, as the MLB’s best battle in the All-Star Game. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m., and it will be televised by Fox. Marcell Ozuna was selected to start in the All-Star Game, while Stanton will be a reserve. For the first time in 14 years, home-field advantage in the World Series will not be decided by the winner of the All-Star Game.