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Detroit pumped about All-Star game

July 11, 2005 at 4:17 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, July 11 (UPI) -- Detroit officials hope baseball's All-Star Game will restore some luster to the troubled Rust Belt city.

"Detroit's taken a whuppin'," resident Maurice Jones told the Detroit News Monday. "This will let the children understand what baseball and Detroit are all about."

Tuesday's mid-summer classic is the climax of five days of festivities and the beginning of months in the spotlight for the Motor City leading up to January's Super Bowl.

FanFest's schedule includes everything from open baseball skills clinics, including one with Cal Ripken, to chances to meet stars of the old Negro Leagues and the World War II-era women's baseball league, to a class on "The Art of Playing Catch."

One enthusiastic fan used his college fund to buy All-Star tickets for himself and his family. A Grosse Isle resident lucked out when his 100-year-old mother won a ticket in a raffle, while his son bought season tickets for two years to be sure of getting tickets to the big game.

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