A young ballplayer took some swings Thursday while none other than Mets great Mookie Wilson looked on. He was participating in the Home Run Derby attraction at the All-Star Fanfest.
"The game has always been great, but I think that the added attractions with the Fanfest and everything, you know, it's just phenomenal for fans of all ages," Wilson said. "Everyone can't go to the game, but we still can enjoy in the festivities and things that go around the All-Star Game."
Fanfest is just part of the festivities leading up to the All-Star Game. NY1 got a sneak peek at what's happening at the Javits Center.
Fanfest is basically is a baseball fan's dream come true. You can see the world's largest baseball, the World Series trophy and an exhibit on the Negro Leagues. You can also bid on baseball memorabilia or try stealing a base.
"We want to give all fans the All-Star Game flavor and the experience, 'cause not everybody can get to the stadium, but everyone can share in the pride of the city hosting the All-Star Game and get to see some of the current players, some of the former players here, get an autograph, take a picture with a mascot, have a great hot dog," said Jackie Secaira-Cotto, director of special events at Major League Baseball. "Really, it's the perfect day."
Of course, the Mets are well-represented. They are hosting the game, after all, and that's great news for Mets fans like me.
Former Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo is one of the MLB All-Star ambassadors.
"I feel so happy to be part of this, to represent the Mets in this particular thing," Alfonzo said.
Speaking of New York baseball greats, 5-time Yankee All-Star Bernie Williams was on hand as NY1's parent company, Time Warner Cable, announced the expansion of its Wi-Fi network at an event in Columbus Circle Thursday.
Time Warner Cable is the official Wi-Fi Provider of Major League Baseball All-Star Week, providing complimentary access to its network of more than 2,700 hot spot locations across the city.
"We have spent the last several months deploying a Wi-Fi network here in NYC for our customers," said Mike Roudi, senior vice president of corporate development for Time Warner Cable. "We have over 2,700 individual hot spot locations. In the last week alone, in preparation for the MLB All-Star Game, we deployed 1,000 hot spot locations right here in Manhattan so we could kick off this huge event."
During All-Star Week, Time Warner Cable is also sending food trucks around town. They'll be carrying regional delicacies dished out by baseball legends, and they'll be rigged with Wi-Fi. Proceeds go to Robin Hood Sandy Relief.
The All-Star Game will be held Tuesday at Citi Field in Queens. For more information on all of the All-Star game festivities, head to allstargame.com.