Batting practice

Fans watch batting practice before the start of tonight's All Star game. Allison Long ''

Fernando Rodney sighting

Tampa Bay Rays Fernando Rodney waved with his family during Tuesday's the Red Carpet All-Star Parade on July 10, 2012, at on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. 
JILL TOYOSHIBA/The Kansas City Star

-- Tammy Ljungblad

Pablo Sandoval sighting

San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval during Tuesday's the Red Carpet All-Star Parade on July 10, 2012, at on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. JILL TOYOSHIBA/The Kansas City Star
-- Tammy Ljungblad

"Coo-zy! Coo-zy!"

Fans lined the Country Club Plaza to see the players during the All-Star Red Carpet Show.
Finding a spot up front was tough, especially during the American League portion of the parade. 
Catching the cushy All-Star baseballs and drink cozies the players threw out was equally challenging. The players' trucks wound around the route to chants of "Coo-zy! Coo-zy!" from fans wanting some memorabilia.
— Domenica Bongiovanni

Hometown slugger Billy Butler

Fans cheered hometown slugger Billy Butler during the All-Star Parade
on Tuesday at the Country Club Plaza.
Photo by Rich Sugg/The Star.


--Tammy Ljungblad

Derek Jeter sighting

American League All-Stars short stop New York Yankees Derek Jeter (2) headed to batting practice beforeTuesday's All-Star Game on July 10, 2012, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. 
Photo by JOHN SLEEZER/The Kansas City Star

-- Tammy Ljungblad

Fountains bleed blue

The water in the Country Club Plaza fountains lent their own distinct hue — reminiscent of a Blue-Raspberry Jolly Rancher — to the sea of blue-clad Royals fans.
Whatever was in that bright, candy-colored water didn't keep fans from reaching in.
— Domenica Bongiovanni

Looking for tickets...

Aaron Escontrias of Illinois was looking for someone to sell him tickets before Tuesday's All-Star Game on July 10, 2012, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. 
Photo by ALLISON LONG/The Kansas City Star

-- Tammy Ljungblad

Hey there, Beltran!

Cheers for the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, a former Royal, echoed throughout the Country Club Plaza during the All-Star Red Carpet Show.
— Domenica Bongiovanni

And the No. 1 reason to cheer Cano tonight ...

It's easy:


Robinson Cano plays for the Yankees, who play in the American League, just like the Royals.  So Cano will be on the same team with Billy Butler (3 cheers for Country Breakfast).

And if Cano, say, hits a home run tonight (unlike in Monday night's home run derby), he just might help the American League beat the National League tonight.

Would that make the Cano haters happy? Hope so.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Counting down: The line forms outside The K

Here's what the line looked like outside one gate of Kauffman Stadium at just past 3 p.m. today. The first All-Star Game in Kansas City since 1973 is just a few hours away, and these fans will be the first inside. 

-- Rustin Dodd