This year’s Midsummer Classic will be played on July 14, 2015, at Great American Ball Park – which is the home of the Cincinnati Reds and located just a Babe Ruth home run away from Newport Aquarium across the Ohio River.As excitement mounts for watching baseball’s best play on one field, for one game, to determine whether the American League or National League pennant winner receives home-field advantage in the World Series, a lot of discussion has sparked among Newport Aquarium staff over who is most deserving of making the All-Star teams.
This conversation inevitably led to the question, “If Newport Aquarium had an All-Star team, who would crack the starting lineup?”
After intense debate, we finally came up with a consensus. Ladies and gentlemen, your Newport Aquarium All-Stars:
|1B||Mighty Mike||American Alligator||The biggest and baddest alligator outside the state of Florida displays the raw power desired from a corner infielder.|
|2B||Kevin Bacon||King Penguin Chick||This rookie is a natural diver, which is great for fielding groundballs up the middle.|
|SS||Cal||Sand Tiger Shark||When you’re named after Cal Ripken Jr., it’s practically assumed that you play shortstop.|
|3B||Paula||African Penguin||Aside from being a great base runner (as evidenced by the video above), this South Africa native feels right at home at the hot corner.|
|C||Denver||Loggerhead Sea Turtle||His shell provides natural padding for blocking wild pitches from behind home plate.|
|P||Pork Chop||Asian-Small Clawed Otter||This “southpaw” was one of the few animals at Newport Aquarium with the arm to pitch.|
|LF||Sweet Pea||Shark Ray||Sweet Pea has a knack for finding the “Sweet Spot” of the bat.|
|CF||Hercules||Arapaima Fish||His ability to jump out of the water to catch prey translates well to center field, where he can rob potential home run balls.|
|RF||Greg||Sandbar Shark||Named after power-hitting outfielder Greg Vaughn, who played for the Reds in 1999, Newport Aquarium’s first year.|
The team would be managed by Thunder, a more than 100-year-old alligator snapping turtle and Newport Aquarium’s oldest resident, who has the experience to lead this group to victory.
What are your thoughts on Newport Aquarium’s All-Star roster? Did we hit a home run or swing and miss? Give us your thoughts with a comment below!Packet Pickup for The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, presented by Nike: Newport Aquarium will be staffing the packet-pickup operations for The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, presented by Nike. Registered racers can pick up their packets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 9-10 near the old IMAX building adjacent to Newport Aquarium and near the valet circle next to Brio Tuscan Grille at Newport on the Levee. The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, presented by Nike begins July 11 at 9 a.m. AllStarGame.com/Run
Summer Family Hours: Newport Aquarium is making a splash this summer with the return of its Summer Family Hours promotion, when up to two children (ages 2-12) receive FREE admission between 4-7 p.m. with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket. This family-favorite offer is available for purchase online only, at newportaquarium.com, for visits now through Aug. 31, Sundays through Fridays.
Ride the Ducks Combo: For baseball fans traveling to the Queen City for the All-Star Game, Ride the Ducks is a perfect way to tour Greater Cincinnati. Ride the Ducks is the only tour in the region that uses amphibious World War II replica DUKW vehicles that travel on land and water. A 45-minute Ride the Ducks tour splashes down in the Ohio River and travels through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. A Newport Aquarium/Ride the Ducks ticket combo allows you to experience two of Cincinnati’s best family-friendly attractions for one low cost. More info
For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).
Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.
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