Salt Lake Bees: Preparations continue for Triple A All-Star Game at Spring Mobile Ballpark
Amicone acknowledged they're trying to entertain everybody and showcase Salt Lake City. Amidst what he calls "organized chaos" of sorts, the group has several other responsibilities, including hospitality, a transportation network and interaction with sponsors.
And there's more, a lot more.
Excursions have been arranged for All-Star executives. Options include visits to the Miller Motorsports Park, the LDS Church Family History Library, Olympic Park or a round of golf.
Meeting space has also been arranged for various groups including marketing committees, ticket managers and Triple-A executives. Breakfasts and parties are also planned.
The grounds crew will be busy this weekend transforming the field from a concert venue back to baseball, complete with an all-star logo cut into the grass. Fans will receive a commemorative ticket and lanyard, plus a game program. A free aerial photo from the Home Run Derby will also be handed out.
"It's a lot of work," Amicone said. "But it's a lot of excitement. It's a fun thing for our staff."
And then there's the actual game. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is among 73 former Triple-A All-Stars who went on to play in the Major League All-Star Game.
"From a baseball standpoint, you're going to see the absolute best players that are not in the major leagues in the world," Amicone said. "These guys are really good."
Tickets are still available, however, Bees officials anticipate a packed house.
"I really expect people to step up, buy tickets and want to be here, make it a showcase because it's a good event for our city," Amicone said. "It's on national TV. It's good for the baseball community here, it's good for Salt Lake."
All-Star event schedule
Saturday, July 9
All-Star Weekend Concert
Chris Isaak and Blues Traveler
Spring Mobile Ballpark, 6 p.m.
Monday, July 11
Home Run Derby
Spring Mobile Ballpark, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12
Team Workout Sessions
Spring Mobile Ballpark, 12:30-4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12
Spring Mobile Ballpark, 7:05 p.m.
Triple-A All-Star Game hosts
1988 — Buffalo, N.Y.
1989 — Columbus, Ohio
1990 — Las Vegas, Nev.
1991 — Louisville, Ky.
1992 — Richmond, Va.
1993 — Albuquerque, N.M.
1994 — Nashville, Tenn.
1995 — Moosic, Pa.
1996 — SALT LAKE CITY
1997 — Des Moines, Iowa
1998 —Norfolk, Va.
1999 — Metairie, La.
2000 — Rochester, N.Y.
2001 — Indianapolis, Ind.
2002 — Oklahoma City, Okla.
2003 — Memphis, Tenn.
2004 — Pawtucket, R.I.
2005 — Sacramento, Calif.
2006 — Toledo, Ohio
2007 — Albuquerque, N.M.
2008 — Louisville, Ky.
2009 — Portland, Ore.
2010 — Allentown, Pa.
2011 — SALT LAKE CITY
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