CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a fun night in and around Progressive Field as Cleveland hosted its sixth Major League Baseball All-Star Game, its first since 1997.
Outside of the ballpark, fans hung around before the game started. They were not only from around Youngstown, but from all over the country.
One thing that was very noticeable was all the different teams and names represented on shirts and jerseys.
Mark Favaro, from Denver, was dressed in Colorado Rockies gear.
“We’ve hit 30 Major League stadiums in two and a half seasons and now every single year we’re hitting an All-Star Game,” he said.
The Youngstown area was also represented in a big way. Wes Steiner, of Girard, and Diane Morgan, of Cortland, were on the field helping hold the football field-sized American flag.
“Because we’re season ticket holders. So we get so many points per year and we use up the points. So this is what we decided to use our points for, for this great celebration today,” Steiner said.
The Biviano twins of Niles, Mike and Philip, life-long Indians fans, had their tickets purchased by their father, who they were meeting at the game.
“It was always like a family event going to the games together. So it’s great to be able to appreciate everything and the festivities with my father,” Philip said.
Five members of the Barillare family, with roots in Campbell, ended up with tickets because a brother-in-law works for the Phillies.
“Oh, I think that I’m quite fortunate that my son has a little pull here and there. So we lucked out and treated me to my very first All-Star Game,” said Bill Barillare.
When someone giving away their All-Star Game tickets approached Shannon Barillare-Monroe, she didn’t even hesitate to take them.
Brian Barrett, who’s now teaching in Denver, took the summer to visit all 30 Major League parks and as it turned out, the All-Star Game as well.
“I registered through the process that MLB does online and through a lottery, I was one of the 15 or 20,000 that they picked for the pre-sale,” Barrett said.
Barrett said his trip to the All-Star Game does not count for his Cleveland stop in his 30 ballpark summer tour. He says he’ll be back for a regular-season game.
The American League ended up defeating the National League by a score of 4-3.