The stars have finally dimmed on the All-Star Game 2014.
After months of planning and a week of festivities and buildup, the 85th All-Star Game wrapped at Target Field Tuesday night with a 5-3 win for the American League. The game featured 9th-inning appearances by Twins pitcher Glen Perkins, who got the save, as well as Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki.
The event was "first-class" and even better than veteran Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig had hoped, he said. "This has been amazing," he told the Pioneer Press.
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Late bar-closing time goes smoothly
A Legislature-approved bar-closing time of 4 a.m. seemed to be a big hit with fans, the Star Tribune reports. The crowds – and the cash – were good, one tavern worker told the newspaper, and very few arrests were made, police said.
Protester makes gutsy leap, unfurls banner
An activist early during the game Tuesday night made a daring 7-foot leap from Minneapolis' parking ramp B to the stadium structure, and then he scaled a ladder to get access to a stadium video board, the Star Tribune reports. That's where he unfurled a banner that read "Love water not oil."
The banner hung for about 10 minutes before officials were able to take it down, but the protester escaped, the Star Tribune reported. A Twins spokesman noted, “there might be a few police officers looking for them," the newspaper reported.
Tweeting fans captured the moment:
The U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds demonstration team performed a perfectly executed flyover, just at the end of the "Star Spangled Banner," performed by Idina Menzel (of "Let it Go" fame). She also sang Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."
Minnesota Nice shines
One out-of-town fan was floored by how polite people were outside Target Field, calmly sitting on the grass and watching a video screen, as if they were in church, MPR News reported on the air Wednesday morning. Players noticed, too. "They are such nice people here," Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley told the Pioneer Press.
Sea of jerseys
Fans at the game were decked out in jerseys from all 30 MLB teams. The Star Tribune found four of particular interest.
Protest of 3M
A California-based activist group called ForestEthics paid for an airplane to fly over Target Field with a banner that read “3M do the right thing for forests," the Star Tribune reports. The group opposes 3M’s supply relationships with companies that the group claims is damaging forests. A 3M spokeswoman told the newspaper that the company has worked with the group on its concerns.
MLB appoints 'Ambassador for Inclusion'
Selig this week appointed former player Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion, in an effort to make gay players feel more comfortable and prevent discrimination. Bean publicly announced that he was gay in 1999, and "will provide guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community" and work within the league to encourage equal opportunity for all players, the league announced.
Gehrig's glove goes for $287K
A Fan Fest auction drew memorabilia collectors from around the country. One prized item – autographed Lou Gehrig first baseman's mitt from 1935 – sold for $287,500, KARE 11 reports. More on the history of the glove here.
Red carpet parade draws fans
Fans and Minneapolis workers took in a lunchtime parade that featured many of the All-Star Game players, as well as a massive red carpet that stretched for blocks downtown. See a few pics here.
All-Star Game 'hangover' for Target Field?
It was fun to see every seat filled in the hometown stadium. But now it's back to reality for Target Field, home to the Twins, now on pace for a fourth losing season in a row, KSTP notes.
The Twins have fallen from sixth to 18th in average attendance since the stadium opened in 2010, the station notes.