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All-Star Game is more than just an event for certain fans

(Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Just as quick as it came, the 2015 edition of the MLB All-Star Game has come and gone in the city of Cincinnati.

"I just want to see all the players.  This is a great experience.  I want to see Mike Trout hit a bomb - anyone.  It'll be great,” said Ben Ivey, a young baseball fan from Nashville.

Tuesday night was a special one for Ivey.

"My dad, he just survived cancer three years ago today after his surgery for fourteen hours for colon cancer.  He brought me here today because he loves the Reds,” Ivey told FOX19 NOW.

The All-Star festivities are about more than just baseball.  It's an opportunity to make lifelong memories.

"Baseball's always my favorite sport.  I try to come down to as many games as possible.  This is the first All-Star Game,” said Reds fan Scott Mueller.

It's the perfect night to take home a story to tell over and over again, and grab a quick picture of your favorite player while trying to get an autograph from the next crop of potential Hall of Famers.

"Whenever a player comes by we try to yell their name like, give it to Miguel Cabrera, we'll say, 'Mr. Cabrera,' trying to be nice, polite.  If he comes over we reach out as far as we can and try to get an autograph,” another young fan told FOX19 NOW.

The 2015 game was 27 years in the making for Cincinnati.  It was a night that fans young and old will never forget as that one chance they had to get up close and personal with the game’s best and brightest.

"For me, it's awesome.  I've loved baseball my whole life.  For me, seeing them 5 or 10 feet away, it's unreal,” said Andy Vandenboogard, who came from Wisconsin.

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