The All-Star Game may be the biggest gathering of baseball fans anywhere — and this week, Miami is the epicenter of the game.
With the All-Star Game visiting South Florida for the first time, fans from all over the world have come to the Sunshine State to enjoy the games.
Aside from the All-Star players on the field, there are All-Star fans sitting in the seats at Marlins Park as well.
Here are the Miami Herald All-Star fans from each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams — no voting required.
The 30 fans will be unveiled throughout All-Star Monday and Tuesday starting with the fans from the American League’s East Division — the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays.
THE MIAMI HERALD’S ALL-STAR FANS
▪ American League
Age: 41; Resides: Baltimore.
Fan of the Orioles: Her entire lifetime.
Why the Orioles?: “Have been a fan forever. One of my favorite moments was seeing Cal Ripken tie the record in his 2130 game.”
BOSTON RED SOX
Age: 11; Resides: Hyde Park, Massachusetts.
Fan of the Red Sox: Since birth.
Why the Red Sox?: He is a third generation Red Sox fan. His favorite player, David Ortiz. On his ninth birthday, his dad, Felipe, took him to a Red Sox game, and Ortiz hit a home run. Now that’s a birthday present.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Age: 26; Resides: Pompano Beach.
Fan of the Yankees: 15 years.
Why the Yankees?: “I came to America from Venezuela, where baseball is very big. The first game I saw on TV [in America] was the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. The Yankees won that game, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Age: 26; Resides: Clearwater, Florida.
Fan of the Rays: Since their inception (1998).
Why the Rays?: “They are the local hometown team. I went the first season and have been going ever since. My favorite player, Quinton McCracken.” Ryan also wore a Cleveland Indians jersey as he is the grandson of the late Hall of Famer Earl Averill.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Age: 12; Resides: Toronto.
Fan of the Blue Jays: Three years.
Why the Jays?: “We have a good team with good players — like Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman and Joe Biagini.”