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All-Star Ticket Options are Dwindling

By Randy Harrison
Journal Staff Writer
    There are still tickets available for everything associated with the Triple-A All-Star Fiesta.
    But the options are becoming limited.
    Box seats for Wednesday's 20th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Isotopes Park are sold out, Isotopes general manager John Traub said late Thursday.
    That leaves available berm tickets, which went on sale for $10 on Thursday, and reserved seats. Reserved seating essentially is in sections down the left- and right-field lines beyond the infield cutout and on the second deck on the third-base side.
    Traub estimated that Monday's PNM Power Derby will draw 10,000, and the game itself two days later about 12,000. The big unknown is how strong game-day walkup sales will be in each case.
    Club-level seats for both events are sold out. Tickets remain at all other levels for the Power Derby.
    Berm tickets for both events, at $10 each, are an economical option Isotopes managing partner Ken Young and Traub decided recently to offer.
    "If people still want the package ($65 for the Fan Fest, Power Derby and All-Star Game), that's still the best value," said Traub.
    Yet if fans want to sit in the grass for both the ballpark events, they could do that and still get in one day at the Fan Fest ($10 adults, $5 kids) for $30.
    The five-day celebration of Albuquerque's ties to baseball begins on Saturday and Sunday with the All-Star Fan Fest at the Albuquerque Convention Center's Southeast Exhibit Hall.
    ON TV: Mark Neely will do the play-by-play and veteran big leaguer Eduardo Perez will be the analyst at Wednesday's All-Star Game. it will be the 13th straight season ESPN2 has carried the event.
    Neely is in his 12th season as voice of the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. He also serves as voice of the Oral Roberts basketball team.
    Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, was a Triple-A All-Star when the game took place in Albuquerque, in 1993. He went on to play in the majors for parts of 13 seasons. He is an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" and provided commentary on the 2007 NCAA baseball regionals.
    Make Plans
    Triple-A All-Star Game: International League vs. Pacific Coast League.
    When: Wednesday, 5:35 p.m.
    Where: Isotopes Park.
    TV: ESPN2 Tickets: $10-45.
    Also: Fan Fest, Saturday-Sunday ($10, $5 children) at Albuquerque Convention Center's SE Exhibit Hall; PNM Power Derby/Post-Derby Fireworks, Monday ($10-20) Ticket locations: Isotopes Park box office or Ticketmaster outlets Information: (505) 924-2255 or albuquerquebaseball.com