SYDNEY, 27 June - In just under three weeks, baseball’s brightest stars will shine under the lights at New York’s Citi Field, home of the Mets, and Adelaide Bite member Ian Fitzgerald will be there to witness the American and National Leagues duel for World Series home-field advantage. Fitzgerald was named the winner of the Australian Baseball League’s 2013 MLB All-Star Game competition Thursday.
Fitzgerald, who resides in Happy Valley, SA, will travel with a guest to 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Week festivities in New York City. His prize includes return airfare for two to the Big Apple, four nights’ accommodation in a four-star New York hotel, two ABL merchandise packs, and tickets to the three biggest events of the week. Ian and his guest will receive two tickets to:
- the 2013 MLB All-Star Futures Game, featuring some of the game’s best young stars from Minor League Baseball, on Sunday, 14 July;
- the 2013 Home Run Derby scheduled for Monday, 15 July, and;
- the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game set for Tuesday, 16 July.
The winner of the All-Star Game, as has become a big league tradition, will gain home-ground advantage for its eventual champion to host the opening games of the 2013 World Series. Last year, the San Francisco Giants took advantage of kicking off the Fall Classic at home, winning the first two contests at AT&T Park before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in Games 3 and 4 in Detroit.
Memberships are on sale now for all six Australian Baseball League clubs, and tickets to the 2014 MLB Opening Series are on sale, as well.