The best players in the Intercounty Baseball League will be on display on
Saturday July 5 when the IBL All-Stars take on the defending Intercounty
champion Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 New Era IBL All-Star Game.
Historic Christie Pits Park in Toronto will be the site of this year’s All-Star
festivities, with the main event the game itself between the league’s all-stars
and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the reigning league champions.
Canadian baseball legend Ferguson Jenkins will throw out the ceremonial first
pitch and also play in a special charity slo-pitch game before the 2008 stars
and Leafs take to the field at 2 p.m.
2008 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Leafs, who have played their
entire existence at Christie Pits, with Toronto owner Jack Dominico looking
forward to playing host to this year’s game.
“It’s a special anniversary for our ballclub and there’s no way to better
celebrate it than to have the New Era All-Star Game right at Christie Pits,”
Dominico says. “We have a special charity slo-pitch game to kick things off
and then the game itself. We know everybody will enjoy the day.”
Christie Pits is an open ballpark so there will be no admission charge as
always is the case with the IBL Maple Leaf regular season games. But fans
are encouraged to bring along a non-perishable food item to help support the
Parkdale Community Food Bank.
The Toronto Sun will present a Celebrities vs. Media Game prior to the New
Era All-Star Game starting at noon. Among the Celebrities taking part are
Jenkins, Walter Gretzky, horse racing legend Sandy Hawley, boxing great
Donovan Boucher and a wide array of NHL Alumni, including several former
Toronto Maple Leafs.
Numerous Toronto media members will take on the Celebrity Team and all
proceeds from the game will be given to the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
The New Era IBL All-Stars will then face the 2007 champion Maple Leafs,
with Toronto manager Dino Roumel looking forward to the challenge.
“We’re real excited to get the opportunity to host this year’s All-Star Game,”
Roumel says. “It’s one of the honours that goes with being champions from
the previous years.
“This is a special year for our ballclub and to have the All-Star Game here this
year is perfect. I know our team looks forward to playing the best the league
has to offer as well.”
Christie Pits Park has been the home of the Leafs since 1969 and a Toronto
institution for close to 100 years. Fans enjoy the games without any admission
cost and the club holds raffle draws at each home game, with special prizes
up for grabs as well on All-Star Saturday.
This year’s IBL All-Stars are a team of the league’s top players selected by a
panel of general managers. The final All-Star teams for 2008 are named at the
end of the regular season.
Here is a listing of this year’s team, all of whom will be wearing their team
uniforms for the game:
2008 New Era IBL All-Stars
Dallas Pearson 1B Stratford
Sean Reilly 1B/OF Guelph
Ryan Asis 2B Barrie
Sean Cunningham 3B Oshawa
Frank Hare 3B Guelph
David Nardowski SS London
Wayne Forman C Brantford
Henry Duke C Hamilton
Ben Kangas C Kitchener
Tyler Graham C Stratford
Glenn Jackson OF Barrie
Josh McCurdy OF Brantford
Richard Rausch OF Hamilton
Jeff Pietraszko OF Kitchener
Christian Ruiz OF London
Steve Lewis OF Oshawa
Scott Price P Barrie
Marc-Andre Major P Brantford
Ryan Hart P Guelph
Zac Staniewicz P Hamilton
Wes Koch P Kitchener
Josh Palmer P London
Adam Garner P Oshawa
Simon Liston P Stratford
All the fun begins right at noon and fans are encouraged to come early.
Christie Pits is located right on the Bloor subway at the Christie stop, just
steps away, and street parking is available but limited in the area.
Everyone is asked to bring non-perishable food items to support the Parkdale
Community Food Bank, with a full concession stand available at the park and
raffle tickets for sale during the All-Star Game.
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