A roster of Hall of Famers, Mets legends and past stars of the game will make appearances at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, starting Friday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, where fans will have the opportunity to receive free autographs (with the price of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest admission), join in on Question & Answer sessions and shop for sports cards and memorabilia from dealers who will be set up.
The five-day event is the world's largest interactive baseball fan event and features interactive activities and historical exhibits as well. All T-Mobile All-Star FanFest attractions are free with the price of admission ($35 for adults/$30 for kids 12 and under, senior citizens and military personnel). The only additional event costs are for concessions and memorabilia.
On Tuesday, Hunt Auctions will hold the annual All-Star FanFest Auction, with hundreds of historic pieces up for bid including the Warren Spahn Collection.
Among the autograph guests are Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry and Ozzie Smith. Also signing are members of the 1969 Mets, Ed Charles, Bud Harrelson, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Amos Otis, Joe Pignatano and Art Shamsky; and members of the 1986 Mets, Sid Fernandez, George Foster, Dwight Gooden, Bud Harrelson, Howard Johnson, Barry Lyons, Kevin Mitchell, Jesse Orosco, Rafael Santana, Darryl Strawberry, Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson.
Former Negro League players Dale Miller, Jim Robinson, Bob Scott and Pedro Sierra will also attend.
You can bring your own photos, cards and baseballs to have signed (one autograph per person) but bats aren't allowed.
A full list of former players scheduled to make appearances on each day include:
Friday, July 12
Monday, July 15
Tuesday, July 16
- The home jersey worn by Mets manager Gil Hodges during the 1969 World Series as he piloted the "Miracle Mets" to their first World Championship.
- The FDNY cap worn by Mets reliever, team captain and Brooklyn native John Franco to honor the emergency crews in charge of the recovery in New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011.
- The bat used by Mets slugger Mike Piazza to hit a solo home run for his 352nd homer as a catcher, breaking Carlton Fisk's major league record.
- The 2013 All-Star FanFest will be open to the public Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.allstargame.com, by phone at 1-888-FANFEST (326-3378) and at the Mets ticket office at Citi Field. Tickets for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest are sold on a timed-entry basis, providing fans the ability to reserve the day and time of their choice.