Kids have fun at All-Star Game’s PLAY BALL PARK!

Baseball-loving kids converged today on PLAY BALL PARK in front of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They would enjoy a very special activity during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game Week!
Baseball-loving kids converged today on PLAY BALL PARK in front of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They would enjoy a very special activity during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game Week!

Do you want to know what baseball is all about? Take a look at these joyful photos!

The very first activity during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game Week is a fun, multi-day event at PLAY BALL PARK. Today was the first day! Young baseball players get to swing the bat in a tiny baseball field which has been created in the public park between the Hilton Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center.

This evening, after work, I headed down to see what I might see. Wow! Here are photos of the opening ceremony of the All-Star Youth Classic, and just lots of pics of kids having a blast playing softball. The entire event is meant to encourage physical outdoor activity. Playing with a real bat and ball on green mown grass is much more fun and invigorating than a mind-numbing video game! And it makes a kid happy and healthy!

Please read the photo captions where I provide a little more info…

A small baseball field has been created in the grassy park between the Hilton Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center. Here kids from around the country and nearby Tijuana, Mexico will compete in the All-Star Youth Classic!
A small baseball field has been created in the grassy park between the Hilton Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center. Here kids from around the country and nearby Tijuana, Mexico will compete in the All-Star Youth Classic!
Several representatives from USA Baseball were on hand to provide instruction to the youth teams selected to compete and have fun at PLAY BALL PARK!
Several representatives from USA Baseball were on hand to provide instruction to the youth teams selected to compete and have fun at PLAY BALL PARK!
The teams had assembled on Thursday in the late afternoon, and the bleachers were full of enthusiastic players and fans!
The teams had assembled on Thursday in the late afternoon, and the bleachers were full of enthusiastic players and fans!
These guys are the Memphis Redbirds. Teams have come in from as far away as Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Rhode Island and Queens, NY. Several teams are from San Diego and two teams drove up from Tijuana, Mexico!
These guys are the Memphis Redbirds. Teams have come in from as far away as Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Rhode Island and Queens, NY. Several teams are from San Diego and two teams drove up from Tijuana, Mexico!
The brief opening ceremony of the All-Star Youth Classic at PLAY BALL PARK included speeches by representatives from Major League Baseball and our own San Diego Padres.
The brief opening ceremony of the All-Star Youth Classic at PLAY BALL PARK included speeches by representatives from Major League Baseball and our own San Diego Padres.
Organizations who helped make this fun activity a reality were recognized, including USA Baseball, USA Softball, The Positive Coaching Alliance, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Organizations who helped make this fun activity a reality were recognized, including USA Baseball, USA Softball, The Positive Coaching Alliance, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Each of the participating youth teams were recognized.
Each of the participating youth teams was recognized.
One of the teams from Tijuana, Mexico salutes the crowd by removing their caps.
One of the teams from Tijuana, Mexico salutes the crowd by removing their caps.
The opening ceremony and introductions are over. Time for the teams to take the field and experience a short but fun baseball clinic!
The opening ceremony and introductions are over. Time for the teams to take the field and experience a short but fun baseball clinic!
A great swing and a hit. Home runs were rare and received enthusiastic applause. Some powerful line drive homers were struck by both boys and girls.
A great swing and a hit. Home runs were rare and received enthusiastic applause. Some powerful line drive homers were struck by both boys and girls.
A wild convergence on the field as kids vie to catch a fly ball!
A wild convergence on the field as kids vie to catch a fly ball!
Another fly ball! Having fun outdoors and being physically active is what this event is really all about.
Another fly ball! Having fun outdoors and being physically active is what this event is really all about.
Just a whole lot of youthful energy in front of the Hilton Bayfront at PLAY BALL PARK!
Just a whole lot of youthful energy in front of the Hilton Bayfront at PLAY BALL PARK!
Teams were posing for photos all over the grassy park. These kids are on the San Diego Military team.
Teams were posing for photos all over the grassy park. These kids are on the San Diego Military team.
A batting cage was also very active during the baseball clinic.
A batting cage was also very active during the baseball clinic.
Lots of whiffle balls have been hit past the pitcher in the batting cage!
Lots of whiffle balls have been hit past the pitcher in the batting cage!
This kid nailed the strike zone with a great pitch. Everyone was having fun and simply enjoying good old baseball. It's summer. It's America's Pastime. What else does anyone need?
This kid nailed the strike zone with a great pitch. Everyone was having fun and simply enjoying good old baseball. It’s summer. It’s America’s Pastime. What else does anyone need?

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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