Cirillo speaks, Crawford performs at All-Star events
YAKIMA, Wash. – A Major League All-Star and a standout Northwest performer have been added to the festivities surrounding the West Coast League’s All-Star Game this summer.
Jeff Cirillo, a two-time MLB All-Star third baseman who played 14 years in the big leagues, will be the keynote speaker for the All-Star Game luncheon, which will be held in the State Fair Room of the Yakima Valley SunDome, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 18.
Aaron Crawford, who hails from Seattle, continues to see his star rise on the music front. Crawford has performed in Yakima before and has been a crowd favorite because of his varied style and ease in which his music reflects the ambiance of the Northwest.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have both Jeff and Aaron in Yakima to help celebrate the All-Star events,” Pippins general manager Jeff Garretson said. “Aaron has been very popular here previously, and Jeff is an integral part of baseball in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his successful Major League Baseball playing career, Jeff continues to serve the game as a youth coach, scout, and an ambassador for college baseball across the country.”
Crawford’s concert is part of the All-Star Game Fan Fest on Monday, July 17, at Yakima County Stadium. The Fan Fest also includes the WCL Home Run Derby, presented by Wildhorse Casino, which will feature the top hitters from the 11-team league. The Fan Fest Concert is co-sponsored by Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and Sunnyside Community Hospital.
Tickets for the Fan Fest cost $20, and include admission to both the Home Run Derby and the concert. Tickets for the luncheon, co-sponsored by PNWU and Best Western Plus Ahtanum Inn – the official hotel of Pippins Baseball -- cost $30 and include a buffet lunch. Tickets can be purchased from Hunky Shaw’s Team Shop, 12 S. Second St. in the historic Larson Building in downtown Yakima, or by phone at 509-575-4487.
Cirillo was a career .296 hitter in the Majors, playing for six organizations from 1994 through 2007. He was an All-Star in 1997 with the Milwaukee Brewers and again in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies. He played for the Seattle Mariners in 2002-2003. Currently, he is a scout with the Los Angeles Angels and a partner in Pacific Baseball Ventures, LLC, owners of the Yakima Valley Pippins and Walla Walla Sweets in the WCL. He experienced great success as a collegiate baseball player at USC, and knows first-hand what these players are experiencing at this time in their lives. He can speak to the fact that he played summer collegiate ball, and how that experience helped to springboard him into a successful professional career.
The All-Star Game, presented by the Yakima Valley Traffic Safety Taskforce, takes place Tuesday, July 18, and will include more than 40 of the league’s hottest players in the summer in addition to up-and-coming collegiate prospects. Game time is 7:05 p.m. A return appearance by the Mariner Moose and postgame fireworks also are scheduled. Tickets for the game cost $10 for Stadium Select (reserved) seats, $8 for Stadium View (bleacher-back) and $7 for General Admission and can be purchased at Hunky Shaw’s, by phone, online at PippinsBaseball.com or at the stadium box office during any regular-season Pippins home game.
The Pippins begin their fourth season in Yakima against the Victoria HarbourCats at 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 2. The season-opener is presented by Legends Casino and Hotel. Single-game tickets for the season opener and all games are currently available for purchase at the team shop, online or by phone.