BLS contributor Curtis Granderson(notes) is in St. Louis, participating in his first All-Star Game. Over the next few days, he'll be taking readers inside what the Midsummer Classic is like for a player.
My first All-Star Game has already provided me with some interesting experiences. After our win over Cleveland on Sunday I flew to St. Louis with my fellow Tiger All-Stars — Edwin Jackson(notes), Brandon Inge(notes) and Justin Verlander(notes).
I've never really experienced St. Louis the way I am told you should. When we played the World Series here in 2006, we didn't have much free time. For the All-Star Game, it seems like we'll have a little more time at least, so maybe I can finally try some of those famous St. Louis ribs.
So far, the most interesting thing that has happened came right off the flight. We landed at a private airport and as soon as we were driving out, I noticed a couple guys hanging outside with radios and walkie talkies. Then we saw some cars following us to the hotel downtown.
As soon as we got to the hotel, there were a ton of fans ready with Tigers jerseys and memorabilia to be signed. The teamwork it took to radio in who was in town to getting Tigers-specific gear ready was amazing. It was a little weird, though. We always have fans waiting at the games and outside our player garage in Detroit and on the road, but this was something I hadn't seen before.
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Curtis Granderson plays center field for the Detroit Tigers and his blog will appear regularly on Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew during the 2009 season. Make sure to check out and support his Grand Kids Foundation.
Previous Posts: The 16-inning game (July 8) • Q&A with the fans, Pt. 1 (June 29) The importance of education (June 19) • Breaking up a no-no (June 8) • Tip of the cap to Luke Scott(notes) (June 1) • Hanging with Hammer (May 22) • Sweet home, Chicago (May 14) • The catch in Cleveland (May 11) • Impressive ballpark amenities (April 29) • Handling A 10-Game Road Trip • (April 22) Cautious About Identity Theft (April 14) • Season's High Hopes (April 6)