Washington Wild Things to host Frontier League All-Star Game with days of festivities

Frontier League baseball stars will come to play this month when the Washington Wild Things host the 2022 All-Star Game at Wild Things Park. Prior to the July 20 game, there will be several days of family-friendly events celebrating 20 years of Frontier League baseball for the Washington Wild Things.

The team has been providing a fun baseball experience for everyone since they started playing in 2002. After hosting the Frontier League All-Star Game in 2005 and 2013, the Wild Things are upping the a notch for such a big birthday.

“We’re having quite the All-Star Game celebration,” said Washington Wild Things vice president Christine Blaine.

The festivities will begin on Saturday, July 16 at Wild Things Park. The main event of the day is the Three Rivers Celebrity Softball Game, featuring VIPs from the area and beyond. “Team Pittsburgh” and “Team World” will face off, pitting local favorites against a team of sports celebrities from across the country. The “World” team will include recognizable faces like soccer players, wrestlers and sports media personalities. The first pitch of the game will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. The game is hosted by former Pitt All-American Dorin Dickerson, with proceeds going to The Heyward House. All tickets are $10.

Events begin that day at 2 p.m. with Kids Fest. The field will be open to children’s activities ranging from bouncy houses to speed pitch and baseball lessons from former players Mick Fennell and Ryan Cox. Admission to Kids Fest is included with a ticket to the Celebrity Softball Game.

Also from 2 p.m., the “Terrible Tailgate”, organized outside the stadium, for the whole family. $20 admission includes food and drinks.

Pro wrestling fans will get their kicks on Sunday, July 17. The IWC (International Wrestling Cartel) will put on an exciting show on the grounds of Wild Things Park, starting at 1 p.m. All tickets are $25.

Bringing even more variety, the baseball stadium will host a concert on the night of Tuesday, July 19. The Eli Young Band with Lakeview will perform on the grounds. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance on Eventbrite. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. show.

This will all lead up to the main event, the All-Star Game on July 20, starting at 7:05 p.m. The Frontier League’s best players from the West and East Divisions will face off at the ballpark. For the first time, Wild Things chosen players will represent the West Division. This event is also affordable, with lower bowl tickets priced at $10 and higher seats priced at $5.

Washington’s Wild Things

“We are thrilled to host the All-Star Game at Wild Things Park this month,” said Jeff M. Kotula, chairman of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. “Baseball is part of Washington County and what better than having the best fans in the league to welcome the best players in the league.”

The Washington Wild Things have a long history of entertaining baseball, but they also have other aces up their sleeve. “It goes back to 2002 when we opened this ballpark, and our baseball operations manager was Kent Tekulve,” Blaine said, referring to the former Pittsburgh Pirates star pitcher. “He taught me something that is close to my heart: we offer three hours of entertainment interrupted by nine innings of baseball.”

The Wild Things offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from baseball itself to delicious concessions to between-innings activities for kids.

Players are the main reason to come to the stadium, especially for the All-Star Game. “They are great baseball players. It’s about playing baseball, getting better and hopefully getting caught by an affiliate team,” Blaine said.

In addition to bringing summer fun to Washington County, the Wild Things and the Frontier League as a whole will use the All-Star Game to give back to the community. All-Star Game players will wear jerseys representing their home region’s Negro League teams, and attendees have the opportunity to bid on the jerseys at an auction to benefit the Josh Gibson Foundation . The team will also partner with Food Helpers for All-Star players to pack boxes of food for families in need.

“Our players do things for the community, so for the whole league to do it together, they represent all 16 teams,” Blaine said.

To learn more about the many events of Frontier League All-Star Week, visit washingtonwildthings.com.

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