MLB all-star week

The Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton has his jerseys displayed at the MLB All-Star FanFest.

Fans practice sliding into second base at a skills clinic during the MLB All-Star FanFest.

Fans shop for replica jerseys and other souvenirs at the MLB All-Star FanFest.

Numerous signs advertise the MLB All-Star FanFest at Bartle Hall.

The Kansas City Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, greets fans during the MLB All-Star Parade.

The Tampa Bay Rays mascot, Raymond, flops on the visor of a New York Yankees fan.

The Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera greets fans during the MLB All-Star Parade.

The sculpture, “Rebirth Kansas City” by Frank Fleming, stands next to the Barney Allis Plaza fountain during the MLB All-Star Week. The water was dyed blue for the All-Star Game.

Fans watch the MLB All-Star Game on a video screen in the Power and Light District.

Kansas City’s Union Station is bathed in blue light for the MLB All-Star game.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on July 10, 2012. The Downtown Council of Kansas City assigned me to cover the festivities throughout the week leading up the game including the All-Star FanFest in Bartle Hall, the All-Star Parade on the Plaza, and watch parties at the Kansas City Power and Light District and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The National League defeated the American League 8-0.

-scott weaver

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