The All-Star party has finally arrived and what could be better than a parade to celebrate?
The eighth annual Major league Baseball Red Carpet Show started at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ward Parkway and Wornall Road and ended at Nichols Road and Central Street.
To kick off the party, hometown hero, former Royal, All-Star ambassador and 13-time All-Star George Brett was the grand marshal of the 2012 All-Star Game Red Carpet Show.
"I wanted try to get George Brett to sign this thing for me, it's been a long time since I had it out," KC fan Jim Tann said as he held up a sweatshirt with a newspaper's front page spread featuring Brett printed on the front.
Fans couldn't get close enough for an autograph, but there were plenty of opportunities for them to take a picture of their favorite player.
The Royals' Billy Butler was a crowd favorite, but there were plenty of baseball stars - like the Yankees' Derek Jeter, the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, and Jose Bautista with the Toronto Blue Jays - giving fans something to cheer about.
"We should cherish this, it was priceless," said fan Tryon Gilbert.
Brad Newham from Overland Park, KS, said he wanted to share the special moment with his 9-year-old son, Jack. They got a primo spot in the front of the line to get an up-close look at the All-Star lineup as they made their way down the red carpet through the Country Club Plaza.
Cindy Sumner and her family drove 11 hours from Waco, TX, to see Hamilton.
"All the fans are really welcoming from out of town," Sumner said. "(Trying BBQ is) on the agenda for tomorrow."
Fans were invited to watch the parade of All-Stars in the 83rd Midsummer Classic as they made their way down about 4,100 feet of red carpet stretching a half a mile. The event featured all the All-Stars riding in trucks.
Ron Washington and Tony La Russa, the American and National leagues' All-Star team managers, lead their teams down the carpet in convertibles.
The event was televised at 3 p.m. Tuesday and an abbreviated version will be televised at 6:30 p.m. on the MLB Network.
Here is a closer look at how the All-Star day will shake out:
8 a.m. - Habitat for Humanity will begin their All-Star build project at Kauffman Stadium.
1 p.m. - All-Star Game Red Carpet Show is scheduled to get under way.
3:30 p.m. - Gates for the public will open at Kauffman Stadium
7 p.m. - All-Star Game first pitch will take place.
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