04/18/07 7:27 PM ET
San Francisco primed for All-Star Game
Mayor hopes event will be 'biggest yet in All-Star history'
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Center fielder Willie Mays, the greatest Giant of them all, attended the news conference and was introduced as an "overall ambassador" for this year's game by Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of business. It's a fitting choice, since Mays played in 24 All-Star Games, a record he shares with St. Louis legend Stan Musial, and holds numerous other All-Star marks.Asked what the All-Star Game means to him, Mays delivered an old-school response which resonates today, given what's at stake. "First of all, the All-Star Game, to me, means winning," Mays said. Zito, the charismatic pitcher who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract as a free agent with the Giants before this season, made his debut as the spokesperson for All-Star FanFest. A three-time All-Star, Zito extolled the FanFest as an event catering to grassroots fans. "You don't need tickets (to the All-Star Game), which are so tough even for players to get," Zito said. "You don't have to be one of those lucky winners in that ticket draw." Newsom, who played college baseball at Santa Clara University, received a ceremonial sample of the jersey that National League players will wear during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and during batting practice on the day of the All-Star Game. Newsom's surname was in white lettering with the orange number "07" on the back of the jersey, which was black with orange trim. Consistent with the San Francisco theme, the "I" in "National," which appeared in orange capital lettering on the front of the jersey, was a rendering of a Golden Gate Bridge tower. "This is about as good as it gets," a beaming Newsom said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.