Celebs and stars attend All-Star party
Ballroom becomes '33 Club in honor of first Midsummer Classic
NEW YORK -- For one night, the Roseland Ballroom near Times Square in Manhattan was transformed into the '33 Club for an All-Star Game party hosted by MLB.com.
Roseland, a famous concert venue, was the spot for many celebrities and athletes to be Sunday night. Those at the '33 Club, in reference to the first ever All-Star Game in 1933, were entertained by the likes of Wyclef Jean and DJ Jazzy Jeff, among others.
Most of the attendees were baseball fans. DJ Jazzy Jeff, for one, is a native Philadelphian and, thus, a Phillies supporter. But he said there are many Yankees he respects, too.
"I like Derek Jeter," he said. "I like A-Rod. I like Bobby Abreu, of course, because he used to be a Phillie."
Also walking the red carpet, which included media from Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine, was Wade Boggs, a Hall of Famer and former Yankee who was taking in as much of All-Star Week as he could.
"It's a shame that the lights [of Yankee Stadium] go out at the end of the year," Boggs said. "It's a shame that this is it."
Earlier in the day, Boggs had participated in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
"The one thing that made my day was seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal turn a double play," Boggs said.
After Boggs, Bryan Anderson, a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' Minor Leagues who had a walk in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game, made his way in.
"It's a blast," Anderson said. "I'm just looking forward to the whole experience at Yankee Stadium and enjoying it."
Meanwhile, actress Alyssa Milano made her second straight appearance at the MLB.com-sponsored party. A native New Yorker, she said her aunt, cousin and brother were also in town during the All-Star Week's festivities.
"It's amazing," Milano said. "I'm a New York girl. It's just great to share something like that with my family."
Other notable attendees included Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who was to co-host the party with Milano, Jaslene Gonzalez, a previous winner of America's Top Model, and actor Ken Davitan from the film "Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
Willie Bans is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.