NEW YORK -- Baseball's best players will parade past Grand Central Terminal and a convention centre will be transformed into a baseball theme park as part of the festivities for the first all-star game at the Mets' new stadium.
The party plans include five days of fanfare, including all-star players parading along 42nd Street on a massive red carpet, player appearances and baseball clinics at the Javits Center convention facility, and, of course, the annual home run derby at Citi Field.
"There's nothing that's comparable to playing in an all-star game in New York," Mets third baseman David Wright said Wednesday at a news conference announcing festivities leading up to the July 16 showdown at Citi Field.
Baseball also marked the official start of all-star voting, with the online ballot up and running and voting slated for every major league stadium by May 7.
Wright has been selected for six all-star games, including 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium. But he would "gladly trade all six of those in to participate in this year's," he said at city hall, flanked by former Mets Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco and Mookie Wilson.
-- The Associated Press