This was a couple of weeks ago. Whenever there's a special sports event, the host city will usually various activities and often "smaller" games before the main event. At least for All-Star games. I was in a host city for a Final Four but that was like 30 yrs ago. They had fan stuff but not like now. Now, I'm pretty sure they do celeb games and maybe old-timers.
The Dodgers hosted the last MLB All-Star game. I guess it was 2010 that the Angels hosted the Midsummer Classic. Since most of the satellite activities were down in Orange County, I couldn't be bothered to go. Idk, for some reason the various allstar games had lost their luster over the years. I wasn't really that into this years allstar game but I figured that's the last time it'll prolly be here for the next 20 years or so, I might as well check some stuff out while I can. I mean, I don't think the next time will be past my expiration date on earth - though, none of us know what the morrow may bring - I don't know if I could be bothered to deal with crowds and hoopla for such a non-impactful event.
I went to some fan experience they had at the convention center before the Super Bowl earlier this year and even though I didn't do any of the physical events like timed 40 yard dash, attempt a 35 yd field goal, throw into a tire, it was still a pretty good event and really cool vibe. I went with a co-worker maybe 20 years ago to see some NHL All-star events though I can't remember much. I got her an autograph of a red wings player which pained me to ask being an Avalanche fan. I didn't go to the game itself but I vaguely remember it being somewhat boring.
I missed quite a bit of the fan stuff they were hosting around the city but I did actually got the Future Stars Game/Celeb Softball Game/Becky G concert. Sat kinda high up but that's OK. I just wanted to check it out and we were able to find tix below face value. There were a few prospects I had heard of in the Futures game. I thought that'd be one of the best things to see. I was surprised that one guy I saw in a college game just last year was playing. Like, he didn't play at USC or UCLA or Fullerton, teams that routinely send players to the bigs. Bryan Cranston was prolly the biggest non-athlete celeb. Holy cow, I had no idea how popular Bad Bunny was but screams like the Beatles anytime he came up to bat or was shown on the jumbotron. I'll also confess to getting Becky G and Karol G mixed up. This is sort of an ongoing thing with me
I don't know either's music that well but there was a point where I thought, "Oh, I didn't know Becky sang this" and another time wondering when she was going to get to ones like Tusa and then it hit me that I was thinking of the other. D'oh! It's not that they lookalike, it's just I hear them so infrequently that I don't keep them straight in my head. I had this issue with 80s bands The Call and The Alarm.