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. . . . Crew
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:

http://www.justin.tv/widgets/jtv_player.swf

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!!!

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Manual. A batch are added changed at a time, whenever we can do it. We’re also working on MLB.com.

Does the “Mlblogs active roster” randomly change, or do you go in and manually do it?

http://statisticianmagician.mlblogs.com/

Mark-

The guy who is harassing Coral (the first comment here) has moved onto my blog now. As MLBlogs.com inexplicably does not have the option to approve comments before posting (it’s either allow comments or don’t, no middle ground), I’m having to police my posts and delete comments as they come. Only problem is he keeps on spamming me with the same vile reply.

He is posting under the email address sentinelofgods@hotmail.com. I’ll leave his comment up (he just copies one he left on Coral’s blog) at this post: http://thecaliforniateam.mlblogs.com/my_weblog/2007/07/screw_bud_selig.html#comments

Considering that I’m paying for the privilege to post here, I’d hope that spammers and trolls would be easier to deal with than they are.

Please keep me updated on any action taken. If I keep getting these spam comments and have no power over them other than shutting off all comments, I may be forced to take my blogging back to a free server and cancel my MLB account.

-Sid McHenry

http://thecaliforniateam.mlblogs.com/

Mark-

Curses to the “Year of the Righty,” especially considering I had a FRONT ROW seat in right-center field. Man oh man, if there’d been some lefties in the final two rounds, I’m sure I would’ve caught another homer. Anyway, thanks for the comment the other day. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you in San Fran, but with both of our hectic schedules, I’m not surprised that it worked out that way. So cool that you got up close-n-personal with the Ichiro ball. I’m hoping that the extra All-Star balls will find their way into random BP buckets over the next few months. I’d love to get my glove on one.

-The Baseball Collector

http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

Hi, Sid. That was not technically a section of the left field bleacher seats in this case. Those were set up as the Auxiliary Press area, or “aux box” — which we do for every “jewel” event in MLB. You’ll see lots of green there. It displaces a lot of fans, but media has to overflow somewhere. And depending on when you see that area during a game, most of the media could be on their way down to the clubhouses, or still coming up from clubhouses/field. But there’s your answer. I watched the HR Derby from the third row of that aux box (awesome considering that it was the Year of the Righty), and in 1993 Joe Carter’s walk-off winner dropped right in front of me and I’m usually seen in the videos with my mouth open like I was when Magic dropped his Junior Skyhook on the Celtics at old Boston Garden during the NBA Finals (I was baseline under that hoop).

Mark-

As you were there at the game, perhaps you can answer a question that has been plaguing me for a whole week.

When watching the game (and unfortunately listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver), I noticed that an entire section of the left field bleacher seats were, with the exception of a few bodies, empty.

What was the reason for this?

-Sid McHenry

http://thecaliforniateam.mlblogs.com/

Hey Mark-

I hope that this finds you well, and I’m sorry to bother you but I have a few problems. There has been a commentor on my blog who has taken to… name calling and threats, I think that I should just delete the comments but I was wondering if there is anyway to block the IP so that after I do that there is no more flack. I can handle criticisim but he is out of line, so while I’m not a fan of censorship I don’t know if there is anything else to do. If you could send me an email (crmarsha@ucsd.edu) on any action I could/should take I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

http://coralrae.mlblogs.com

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