NEWARK – The Newark Bears will host the 2009 Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 23 at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad Street.
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a celebrity softball game between the Hot 97 and KISS-FM all-stars.
Celebrities scheduled to appear include Danielle Staub (The Real Housewives of New Jersey), DJ Enuff (Hot 97), Frank Vincent (The Sopranos), Funkmaster Flex, Harold Reynolds (MLB), Jazzy Joyce, Jill Nicolini (WPIX-11), Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Justin Tuck (NY Giants), Ken Daneyko (NJ Devils), KISS-FM’s Raqiyah, Shaila and Talent, actor Michael Kelly, Mister Cee, (Hot 97), Nikko Smith (American Idol), Ozzie Smith (MLB), Queen Latifah, Randy Foye (NBA), Rosenberg (Hot 97), Tara Costa (The Biggest Loser), Tichina Arnold, and Tye Tribbett with more to come.
The All-Star Game will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the league’s best players facing each other.
Joe Ferguson will manage the Liberty Division and Chris Hoiles will manage the Freedom. Ferguson and Hoiles are both ex-major league catchers. Ferguson, was a long time Los Angeles Dodger while Hoiles was a long time Baltimore Oriole and a Major League All-Star.
Former New York Mets closer Armando Benitez, Jeff Nettles, son of New York Yankees star Graig Nettles and former Rutgers star Bobby Brownlie are among the players chosen by fan, media and team staff balloting.
Fans can also take in the special Negro Leagues Baseball Museum stadium exhibit “Times, Teams and Talent” honoring history-making baseball talent such as Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, and see baseball’s brightest stars take the field for the 2009 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
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