2009 Southern League All-Star Game
2009 Southern League All-Star Game
The 2009 Southern League All-Star Game will be played at Regions Park on Monday, July 13, 2009, and State Farm Insurance will be the presenting sponsor.
"State Farm values our partnership with the Birmingham Barons and we are very excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 2009 All Star Game," said State Farm Marketing Analyst Cathy Warren. "We also share the 'family-friendly' mission of the Barons, and we are proud to join with them to be involved in the community through this endeavor."
State Farm currently partners with the Barons in a variety of ways, including as the title sponsor of the annual "Rickwood Classic" and as the co-sponsor of "Independence Week Fireworks" (July 2-3).
"Hosting the 2009 Southern League All-Star Game presented by State Farm is an honor, and it is an exciting opportunity to showcase the top Minor League talent on one stage," said Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. "We are commited to making this a very special event in Birmingham and look forward to announcing details on the whole All-Star schedule as we get closer to next season. State Farm Insurance has been a loyal Barons supporter for many years and we are thrilled to have them as the presenting sponsor for this great event," he continued.
The team will also be holding an All-Star Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball Game as part of the events involved in the 2009 Southern League All-Star Week. Virginia College will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball Game, both of which will be held in Birmingham at historic Rickwood Field on Sunday, July 12.
"On behalf of our nearly 2,000 students and 300 staff members, let me say how happy Virginia College is to be involved with the Barons and the Southern League in this great event," said Mike Largent, the Campus President of Virginia College in Birmingham. " We enable our students to find success in school and in life, just as the Barons and the League have enabled so many players to find success in professional baseball. All of us are about successful careers!"
"We are very excited about hosting the Southern League's premier event in Birmingham next July and are committed to making the Southern League All-Star experience a Major League thrill for Barons and baseball fans," Jonathan Nelson, the Barons General Manager, said. "Being able to showcase one of the finest modern-day baseball stadiums, Regions Park, along with America's Oldest Ballpark, Rickwood Field, will be something special for baseball fans and the coaches and players participating in the All-Star Week festivities. We are proud to partner with Virginia College in hosting this event and are extremely grateful to our partners, the Friends of Rickwood for their support."
The Home Run Derby, which is expected to feature some of the best prospects in the Southern League, and Celebrity Softball Game will kick off the 2009 Southern League All-Star Week. The game itself marks the first time since 1982 that Birmingham will host the Southern League's premiere mid-season event.
"With Rickwood's rich history of hosting Southern Association and Southern League All-Star events, we are extremely pleased to welcome the 2009 Southern League All-Star Home Run Derby to Birmingham and Rickwood Field," said David Brewer, the Executive Director of the Friends of Rickwood. "With Rickwood having witnessed the play of more than 55 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the 2009 Home Run Derby participants will be among some very impressive company, and will add their stories to Birmingham baseball history. The Friends of Rickwood extend our most sincere thanks to our partners, the Birmingham Barons, for including Rickwood Field in this tremendous community-level event."
The logo for the Derby and Softball Game was designed by Hartwell Studio Works of Atlanta, Ga., the same company that created the logo for the All-Star Game itself and managed the redesign of the Barons' logos and uniforms last off-season. The newest logo creation features a backdrop and color scheme reminiscent of the roofing and façade of Rickwood Field, which was built in 1910 and is recognized as the oldest baseball stadium in America still in use.
More information about the 2009 contest and other events of the weekend, including event schedules, ticket availability and pricing, and merchandise information, will be announced over the summer.