07/22/2011 11:56 AM
"Spaceball" to Touch Down at All-Star Game July 29 at Fenway Park
By: Joe Sherman
It will be briefly back in NASA's possession as astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman visits Fenway to represent NASA and Endeavour's commander, Mark Kelly, who personally carried the ball into space.
This year's game is being dedicated to the memory of Christina-Taylor Green (view the ESPN Video tribute), the 9-year-old daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and his wife Roxanna and the granddaughter of former big league manager Dallas Green, whose11-year-old namesake, Christina's brother, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
In Christina's honor, all uniformed personnel -- managers, coaches, players and umpires -- will have special commemorative patches affixed to their shirts and those attending the game will have an opportunity to purchase one of the colorful patches and in so doing contribute to a memorial fund established in Christina's name in her Arizona home town.
As usual, the game will be preceded by a Home Run Hitting Contest featuring the Cape League's top long ball hitters. Players from the East and West squads will sign autographs for fans and Cape Cod's favorite songbird, "American Idol" finalist Siobhan Magnus, will sing the Star Spangled Banner.
Also on hand will be two of the league's legendary pitchers, Paul Mitchell (Falmouth, 1969-1971) and Joe Jabar (Yarmouth, 1965; Chatham, 1966 & 1967) who will serve as honorary captains for the West and East teams, respectively. Both men are Cape League Hall of Famers and two-time winners of the league's Outstanding Pitcher Award. Jabar has an All-Star Game win on his record and Mitchell is the only pitcher in league history to have won two All-Star Games.
Tickets are still available at every Cape League ball park, priced at $10 each. On game day, the cost will be $12 at the gate. All seats are general admission.