As a 13-time Major League All-Star, George Brett is already well acquainted with the mid-summer classic of baseball. But as the newly named All-Star Ambassador for the Kansas City Royals, the Hall of Fame third baseman will become a lot busier as he helps to represent the team at various events and media opportunities.
"I'm going to be busier than I normally am, let's put it that way," Brett said. "A lot of responsibilities, a lot of appearances, a lot of Royals functions -- they've been at it for months, since last year's All-Star Game."
Specifically he is most excited about serving as a manager for the Futures game that's played on All-Star Weekend. "I asked the Royals, 'Is there any chance of me managing the Futures Game?' They said, 'We don't know.' And I said, 'I'd love to do it, I did it in Detroit [in 2005] and I lost.' Justin Huber, who was a Royal at the time, was the MVP for the World team -- he hit a double off the right-center-field wall to beat us," Brett said. "So I'd like to get my managing record back to .500 and, sure enough, they said, 'Oh, we'd love for you to do it. But we really didn't want to ask you because we knew you'd be so busy.' "
The All-Star Game will be held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.