Monday, June 13, 2011

Pick your favorite MLB All-Star Moment

From Fox Sports/MLB.com -

FANS TO CHOOSE TOP ALL-TIME MLB ALL-STAR MOMENT IN

MLB Network’s Bob Costas Narrates Each Video

Former All-Stars and MLB Network Analysts Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds, and Mitch Williams Determined the Moment Match-Ups

          Cal Ripken Jr. will take on Babe Ruth.  Bo Jackson’s bomb in Anaheim will try to overcome Reggie Jackson’s titanic blast that hit a transformer on the roof at Tiger Stadium.  And John Kruk’s hilarious at-bat against Randy Johnson will try to beat out Stan “The Man” Musial’s walk-off home run in a new bracket tournament called Midsummer Classics on MLB.com.  
          Fans now have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Midsummer Classic moment from a total of 16 (eight American League and eight National League) in a bracket format to determine the greatest moment in the history of the All-Star Game.  Starting on Saturday each week, fans will vote at MLB.com/moments until one AL and one NL moment square off in the final week leading into the 82nd MLB All-Star Game, which will be broadcast on FOX on Tuesday, July 12 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
          Narrated by MLB Network’s Bob Costas, each moment will be captured in a short video that will be available on MLB.com and shareable and embeddable online and through social media.  The bracket match-ups were determined by former All-Stars and MLB Network analysts Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams.
            Here is a link to the brackets.  Following are the first round match-ups:

            American League

  • Ted Williams Honored at All-Century Team Ceremony/Pedro Martinez Strikeout Performance (1999)
vs. Fred Lynn Hits Only All-Star Game Grand Slam (1983)

  • All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium’s Last Season Ends in 15th Inning Walk-Off (2008) vs. Ted Williams Hits Walk-Off Home Run (1941)
  • Babe Ruth Hits First Ever All-Star Game Home Run (1933) vs. Cal Ripken Jr. Moves Back to Shortstop and Hits Home Run in His Final All-Star Game (2001)
  • Reggie Jackson Hits Rooftop Home Run (1971) vs. Bo Jackson Does It All in Anaheim (1989)
            National League

  • Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden Strikeout Six Straight All-Stars (1984) vs. Johnny Callison Hits Walk-Off Home Run (1964)
  • Carl Hubbell Strikes Out Five Consecutive Hall of Famers (1934) vs. Dave Parker Guns Down Brian Downing at Home From Deep Right Field (1979)
  • Pete Rose Runs Over Ray Fosse (1970) vs. Moises Alou Knocks In Tony Gwynn to Win the Game (1994)
  • Stan Musial Hits Walk-Off Home Run (1955) vs. John Kruk Survives At Bat Against Randy Johnson (1993)
The voting periods will be as follows:

          Round One (16 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 11 – Saturday, June 18
          Round Two (8 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 18 – Saturday, June 25
          Round Three (4 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2
          Round Four (2 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, July 9

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