All-Star Classic and Hall of Fame Camera
Just back from five days in San Francisco, highlighted by the best All-Star Game since I was a boy — without question, in my mind. The entire experience was unbelievable, from the ballpark itself (the worse the seat, the better the view) to Ichiro’s HR to the Willie ceremony to the Barry crowd to the kayakers to the ninth-inning rally (and Tony La Russa second-guessing) to Vlad’s 503-foot smash in the HR Derby (year of the righty) to hanging with Dane Cook (get used to that hardcore Red Sox fan as our main MLB spokesman in the coming months) for a couple days to the FanFest to the Futures studs like Justin Upton to our AWESOME star-filled MLB.com party on Sunday at our ’33 Club (wonder how many people knew what the name meant…we named it after the year of the first All-Star Game). It all added up to just a phenomenal time, which makes writing seemingly 100 MLB.com articles during the festivities even more worthwhile. Personally, I saved the best for last: Running from downtown SF to and over the Golden Gate Bridge and back along with fellow marathoner Jason Beck, our Tigers reporter here at MLB.com. It was an unforgettable time. . . .
There are a lot of MLBloggers who captured the essence of this true classic (although I wish A-Rod had been Pete Rose greeting Ray Fosse at home). Like Alyssa Milano, who hosted our MLB.com party along with Jose Reyes (nice to see her out there). Like Jennifer, who posted some outstanding photo albums at The Green and Gold Gal. Like our friend Dr. Doug, the dentist who wore a camera on his hat and was brave and pioneering enough to take a whole lot of fans inside all the events at sportsjunkie.tv, with us providing the access and licensing the opportunity. You can click Archive or click "New" at that website and see a ton of clips broken up individually, to relive the amazing week in San Francisco. It was amazing, because so many people out there watch justin.tv around the clock, and Justin was part of us all making this lifecast (we called it a "fancast") happen as well. Don’t be surprised if we just pioneered something that will show up for future sports events, including baseball…TBA. Here is a picture of me with our Fancast crew (I’m second from left), and below they grabbed me coming out of the press box on Sunday to finally meet the folks I was there to help facilitate around the ballpark:
I also would like to introduce a brand-new actober.com MLBlog that will go hand-in-hand with our actober.com website that we launched this week. It is another cutting-edge campaign that is going to send some passionate baseball fan on a trip for two to the 2007 World Series. That prize alone will make it worth seeing how this works. Even if you’ve never edited/uploaded a video, now is the time to try your hand at this. Use the MLBlog to communicate with our crew for any questions, and to share your experience with other fans who also are entering their vids. It’s going to be a blast.
My Canon Powershot A540 that I have used to vlog the last postseason here right up through this Midsummer Classic unfortunately was a running casualty. I was taking it out constantly from my Fuel Belt and somewhere around the Golden Gate Bridge the aperture stuck and now it won’t open. No warranty, so I suspect it’s toast. I want to give it a formal RIP here, and as one of its last acts for Major League Baseball, I am proud to say that it was the camera that photographed the ball that Ichiro hit for the only inside-the-park homer in All-Star history. I was summoned to head down to the AL clubhouse during the game and meet with the Hall of Fame so I could photograph the ball for the new Hall of Fame website that we have just launched for our Cooperstown friends. Take a good look at that ball! There was too much glare outside the clubhouse, so we went into the MLB Productions studio next door and put it on a black background with high-end lighting and did that photo up right. Then, just like that, the Rawlings ball was headed off to Cooperstown as a keeper. Thank you, Powershot. You were truly a Hall of Fame camera, and the Ichiro Baseball pic will be an enduring memory!!!