The Great Lakes Loons have announced the full schedule of events surrounding this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game at Dow Diamond.
The festivities will take place Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, with the All-Star Game itself happening the night of the latter day. But things will kick off a day earlier with a tailgate on the front lawn of Dow Diamond, beginning at 3 p.m. Monday as the gates open for the area High School All-Star Game that starts an hour later. It is free to attend the tailgate event, which includes inflatables, promotional games and other activities for children, along with a beer garden for people over age 21. A ticket is required for the High School All-Star Game, which features graduating high school seniors from the surrounding area.
Tickets for the High School All-Star Game are also good for the Midwest League Home Run Derby later that night. They cost $7 (lawn) and $10 (reserved box seat).
The Midwest League Home Run Derby will feature eight sluggers from the MWL All-Star teams. The format for the derby will follow a shot-clock system with timed rounds through the finals.
After the Home Run Derby ends, a free concert by Nashville recording artist Chris Weaver will be held on the front lawn of Dow Diamond. According to the Chris Weaver Band’s website, the group mixes southern rock, soul and country blues. A ticket is not required to attend.
Fans will get the opportunity to meet players, take photos and get autographs from the All-Stars at two different times. Both teams will be on the concourse during the High School All-Star Game on Monday, and each team’s players will be available again as the other team takes batting practice prior to the Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Tickets for the Midwest League All-Star Game cost $10 (lawn) and $16 (reserved box seat).
The managers and coaching staffs for the All-Star Game will be from the Great Lakes Loons and the Clinton LumberKings, respectively led by managers Jeremy Rodriguez and Pat Shine. Those two teams faced each other in last year’s Midwest League Championship Series, which the Loons won in four games.
Former MLB players Raul Ibanez and Charlie Hough will serve as honorary captains for the teams.
This will be the second time the Midwest League All-Star Game is held at Dow Diamond. The Loons hosted the 2008 game, which was won by the West All-Stars, 5-4 in 10 innings. Many future major-leaguers played in that game, including Kenley Jansen (who was a catcher then), Ben Revere, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Mitch Moreland.
Here is the full schedule of events for Dow Diamond on June 19-20:
Monday, June 19
2 p.m. — Midwest League Home Run Derby batting practice begins (open only to media)
3 p.m. — Gates open for High School All-Star Game
3 p.m. — Tailgate activities begin on Dow Diamond front lawn
4:05 p.m. — High School All-Star Game begins
4:30 p.m. — Midwest League All-Stars autograph session begins on concourse
5 p.m. — Live music at tailgate begins
7:05 p.m. — Midwest League Home Run Derby begins
Chris Weaver Band will perform after the Home Run Derby ends.
Tuesday, June 20
4 p.m. — Gates open for Midwest League All-Star Game
4 p.m. — Live music in The Cove begins
4 p.m. — Midwest League East Team batting practice begins
4 p.m. — Midwest League West Team autograph session begins on concourse
5 p.m. — Midwest League West Team batting practice begins
5:15 p.m. — Midwest League East Team autograph session begins on concourse
6 p.m. — In-park entertainment begins
7:05 p.m. — Midwest League All-Star Game begins
Fireworks will begin shortly after the All-Star Game concludes.