Fans are fired up and ready for Tuesday’s 84th All-Star game at Citi Field in Flushing.
As of Tuesday morning, brokers were still selling tickets running from $330 for standing room only spots, and more than $11,000 for a prime seat.
On Monday night, fans attended the Home Run Derby, a contest among the top hitters in the game to determine who can get the most home runs. After, many fans headed to the Westin Hotel on East 42nd street — right next door to PIX11, where they hunted for autographs from their favorite All-Stars.
At the hotel, which serves as headquarters for the game, Mark Cooper of Florida had a tough time with the Cincinnati Reds closer, Aroldis Chapman. ” He throws 101.” So did he throw Mark an autograph? “No. Not a nice guy. He said he was with his family and now is not the time — that if I want an autograph I should buy a ticket to the game.” Cooper said he couldn’t afford that, ” I guess I won’t be getting an autograph.”
But fans did have better luck with players like the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen who not only signed memorabilia but also spoke with fans.
He was extremely excited to be playing the Midsummer Classic in the Big Apple. “It’s great that it’s here and we definitely enjoy it here every time,” McCutchen gushes.
The game will be great for New York, pumping between $115 and $192 million dollars into the local economy.
It’s the first time the Mets have hosted an All-Star game since 1964, when Shea Stadium opened. Back then, Whitey Ford and four other Yankees played in the classic and one Met, Ron Hunt. Hunt was the first Mets player to ever play in an All-Star game.
The Met’s Matt Harvey is scheduled to get the start for the National League on his home mound at Citi Field.