MLB rolls out red carpet for All-Stars
Parade will include players, managers and legends
ST. LOUIS -- The last time Major League Baseball ran a parade through downtown St. Louis and included Albert Pujols and the World Series trophy on the trucks, it was to celebrate the 2006 championship the Cardinals had just won.
Guess who's back, St. Louis?
Pujols and the World Series trophy will be just parts of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy -- an annual baseball tradition that started in the 2005 season in Detroit. Fans are invited to watch the game's greats arrive at the 80th All-Star Game as they make their way from the corner of Market and Fourth Streets, down Market to Eighth Street to Stan Musial Drive and Gate 3 of Busch Stadium.
The event, which begins at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, is scheduled to feature all 66 Major League Baseball All-Stars, as well as the American and National League All-Star managers and an assortment of legends who could fill downtown St. Louis just by themselves. MLB Network will telecast the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show.
In addition to watching the All-Stars show up for their big night, see Cardinals Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter. All are expected to participate in the festivities.
"We always talk about creating an 'All-Star moment' for any city," said Tim Brosnan, executive vice president of business for Major League Baseball. "It's to get people closer to the players they love. How much closer can you get than four feet away? I'd say it's kind of a combination of red carpet and Mardi Gras. [It is] fun for everyone involved."
With the outcome of the All-Star Game again determining which league will have home-field advantage in the World Series, the World Series trophy crafted by Tiffany & Company will be on display as part of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show. The 30 winners of the Major League Baseball and People Magazine "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways, will take part in the celebration as well.
As part of the ongoing commitment by Major League Baseball to environmental sustainability, MLB again is working with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), implementing measures to reduce the event's carbon emissions and make it more environmentally friendly.
For the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show, the players will be traveling on a red carpet made from 100 percent recycled fiber and produced by electricity created by 100 percent renewable wind and solar power. Chevy will be providing Flex-Fuel Chevy Silverado vehicles for the players and their families.
Additionally, an all-star team of fashion and beauty experts have signed on to dress a group of players' wives exclusively for the event. Fashion house Nicole Miller will provide dresses and parade attire, and celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown will be on site prior to the parade for beauty treatment and application.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.