The 2008 Midsummer Classic will mark the first time in baseball history that an All-Star Game has been held in a ballpark in its final year.The New York Yankees will host the 79th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium. The 2008 Midsummer Classic will mark the first time in baseball history that an All-Star Game has been held in a ballpark in its final year. It will mark the fourth time that Yankee Stadium has played host to the All-Star Game, joining 1939, 1960 and 1977, and it will be the eighth Midsummer Classic in New York City (Polo Grounds, 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field, 1949; and Shea Stadium, 1964).

Major League Baseball's 2008 All-Star Summer festivities will begin on Friday, July 11th, when opening ceremonies for the 18th annual DHL All-Star FanFest will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The extremely popular interactive baseball theme park and largest baseball fan event in the nation will be open daily through Tuesday, July 15th. DHL All-Star FanFest is an unrivaled experience with activities and exhibits designed for families and fans of all ages. The event will transform more than 450,000 square feet at the Javits Center into a celebration that captures the thrills and excitement of Major League Baseball with more than 40 interactive activities and historical exhibits, such as life-size video batting and pitching cages; autographs from former Yankee players, Hall of Famers and other Major League Baseball legends; youth skills clinics taught by current and former MLB players and much more.

The on-field festivities will begin at Yankee Stadium on July 13th with Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, including the XM All-Star Futures Game, which features the top prospects from Minor league Baseball, and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The 2008 XM All-Star Futures Game will be extended from seven innings to a full nine this year.

Gatorade® All-Star Workout Day will take place on Monday, July 14th. This is the fans' first chance to see the 2008 All-Stars as they take batting practice. The highlight of the day is the State Farm Home Run Derby, which will be televised live nationally on ESPN. Approximately $7 million generated by Gatorade® All-Star Workout Day will be donated to MLB Charities and local efforts supported by Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees as part of the All-Star Legacy program.

Major League Baseball today marked the official beginning of All-Star Balloting for the 79th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 15th, with a special on-field ceremony prior to the Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, the host of the 2008 Midsummer Classic. The Major League Baseball All-Star Balloting Program, the largest of its kind in professional sports, consists of in-stadium balloting at each Major League ballpark and at the venues of 109 Minor League Baseball clubs; online balloting at MLB.com, sponsored by Monster; in-stadium balloting at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, sponsored by Rogers Personal TV; and retail balloting in Puerto Rico, sponsored by DirecTV, and in Mexico, sponsored by Pacifico Clara. Last year's program drew a record total of 18.5 million ballots. Last year's leading vote-getters were New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (3,890,515 votes) and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. (2,986,818 votes).

The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.

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