NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Midsummer Classic is almost here.
Ahead of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Citi Field Tuesday night, a big FanFest will be held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center beginning on Friday.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, there’s still plenty of work being done to get the convention center ready for FanFest, but the world’s largest baseball has already been put in place.
A green carpeted replica baseball diamond was still under construction Wednesday morning.
“We view this as baseball heaven on earth,” said MLB’s Senior Vice President of Special Events Marla Miller.
Many of the exhibits at FanFest will be interactive.
“You have a batting practice area as well as a vast relief pitch area,” Miller told Haskell.
In addition to playing like a pro, fans will also be able to meet and interact with some of their favorite players.
“We have free autographs by many of the Mets legends as well as other Hall of Famers,” Miller told Haskell. “We have former players that will talk to the individual kids about pitching, hitting and running.”
There are also displays featuring MLB’s trophies and a Hall of Fame exhibit.
In all, FanFest features 40 attractions. FanFest runs from Friday to Tuesday, leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
The Long Island Rail Road will be offering additional service to the Mets-Willets Point Station Sunday to Tuesday.
In addition to the main attraction, Citi Field will also host the All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday and All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby on Monday.
It was announced Wednesday that Mets legend Tom Seaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the All-Star Game.
For more information on FanFest, click here.
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