While the All-Star Game will offer plenty of glitter and fireworks, it's unlikely you will see a leadoff homer, balk or grand slam.
The 59th All-Star game is scheduled for Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium. Rickey Henderson will bat first for the American League and Vince Coleman for the National League.Both will be trying to join a very exclusive club of players to lead off the game with a home run.
Frankie Frisch (1934), Willie Mays (1965) and Joe Morgan (1977) did it for the NL and Lou Boudreau (1942) for the AL.
Morgan's homer against Mark Fidrych sparked a four-run first inning as the NL beat the AL 7-5 at Yankee Stadium.
"That was a great thrill," said Morgan, who is attending this year's All-Star Game. "I had heard a lot about Fidrych and all his antics and didn't know what to expect.
"You have to remember the starting pitcher in an All-Star Game isn't some guy just up from the minors. He's pitching because he's one of the best. It's not easy to hit a homer off a Dwight Gooden or Frank Viola."
How about scoring or building a run with a balk?
There have been six balks in All-Star competition and the first wasn't until Pittsburgh's Bob Friend balked in 1960.
In the second 1961 All-Star Game at Candlestick Park, Stu Miller was called for a balk when he was blown off the mound in the middle of his delivery.
Others to commit balks in the All-Star Game are Steve Busby, Jim Kern, Charlie Hough and Gooden.
"I really don't remember what I did," Gooden said. "I was surprised because I didn't think a balk would be called in the All-Star Game."
The All-Star Game has included all the great home run hitters in baseball history but it wasn't until 1983 at Chicago's Comiskey Park that a grand slam was hit.
With the AL already leading 5-1 in the third inning, Robin Yount was intentionally walked to load the bases and Fred Lynn followed with a home run off Atlee Hammaker into the right-field stands. The AL went on to a 13-3 victory to snap an 11-game All-Star losing streak.
"It was a thrill and a great relief," Lynn said. "There was so much talk about how we couldn't beat the National League. When I hit that home run I knew we would win."
Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo of the Cincinnati Reds also have a chance to make some history.
The last player to hit an All-Star home run in his home park was Hank Aaron in 1972 at Atlanta. Others to do it are Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Vic Wertz, George Kell, Al Rosen, Larry Doby, Jim Gilliam and Frank Howard.
"This is kind of a thrill for me," said Sabo, the only rookie on either team. "Growing up in Detroit, people like Lance Parrish and Alan Trammell were my heroes. It's still hard for me to believe I'm in the same locker room with Lance.
"This is great. A home run? That would seem unreal."
Boston's Roger Clemens might have a chance to equal an All-Star record. Jim Bunning is the only pitcher to throw three perfect innings twice in All-Star history.
In the 1986 game at Houston, Clemens started and was perfect through three.
Mays is the only player to hit two home runs off the same pitcher in All-Star competition, reaching the Yankees' Whitey Ford in 1956 and 1962.
"I will settle for one homer off anybody," Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets said.
Consecutive home runs have been hit three times in the All-Star Game. Rosen and Ray Boone were the first to do it in 1954. Williams and Mickey Mantle in 1956 and Steve Garvey and Jim Wynn in 1975 also hit back-to-back homers.
Tuesday night, Jose Canseco will bat fourth for the AL and Dave Winfield fifth.
"He (Winfield) has the best all-around ability. He can do it all," Canseco said.
Victories by the AL have also been pretty rare the last couple of decades. Since 1963, the AL has won only three games.
"We're not saying anything this year," AL president Bobby Brown said.