NEW YORK -- The game isn't until Tuesday night but there's a full plate of activities scheduled today leading up to the Midsummer Classic. We promise to try our best to keep you updated, starting with the 11 a.m. press conference in the Grand Hyatt's Manhattan Ballroom that will feature the managers and the announcements of the starting pitchers and batting orders.
(We promised updates last year too but MLB stunned the assembled media by putting us in a lavish ballroom at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis that didn't have wireless access. I'm hoping we don't get a repeat of that snafu today.)
Then it's on to the Super Bowl-style media gatherings for each league in the Empire State Ballroom. the American League goes from 12-12:50 and the National Leaguers have their say from 1:40-2:30. In between there will be a press conference on tonight's home run derby.
The derby itself kicks off at 8 p.m. Hopefully it won't be the yawner that last year's was in Frisco after all the left-handers were eliminated and McCovey Cove became a non-factor. It should be a little interesting to see ex-Bison Grady Sizemore take a shot at Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch, with Cleveland bench coach and former Buffalo manager Jeff Datz serving as his pitcher.