Continuing what has become one of the most popular events of All-Star Week, Commissioner Bud Selig will again interact with baseball fans around the globe during a live internet chat before Tuesday night’s Midsummer Classic.
Selig will answer questions in front of a live audience during the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. MLB.com’s Jeremy Brisiel will be the moderator, and the session will be carried live on MLB.com.
Fans can submit their questions now via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
This will be the 13th consecutive year for a tradition that began in 2001. The format calls for the Commissioner to answer questions about baseball and the state of the game that have been received by MLB.com, and then, time permitting, to field questions from the floor.
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Major League Baseball is experiencing another exciting season. Going into the weekend, there were 22 teams either positioned in a playoff spot or within eight games of one. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is chasing a second straight Triple Crown. Rookies like Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, Shelby Miller of the Cardinals, Evan Gattis of the Braves and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins have made immediate impacts.
The FanFest, which began Friday, is the world’s largest baseball theme park, occupying more than 450,000 square feet. Among the attractions will be appearances by Hall of Famers such as Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry and Ozzie Smith.
The five-day celebration of baseball features interactive activities and historical exhibits, including more than 400 artifacts from Coopperstown, free autographs from Hall of Famers and MLB legends, youth skills clinics taught by current and former Major Leaguers and much more.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the total vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Now, they will cross their fingers and hope that legging out four ground balls didn’t force Jeter back onto the list of the walking wounded.
“His right quad tightened up a little bit,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He said something, and I said, ‘You’re done. We’re going to take you out.’ We hope it’s not much, but we won’t really know until [Friday].”
Well before his quad grabbed him in the fifth inning, Jeter’s presence added a healthy dose of interest to the matinee. A paid crowd of 40,381 rose by the thousands to cheer as Jeter discarded the weight hugging his Louisville Slugger, digging in for his first big league at-bat of the season.
Jeter said that he had made up his mind to swing at the first pitch and followed through, rolling a slow grounder that third baseman Miguel Tejada fumbled as Jeter reached on an infield hit. Serving as New York’s designated hitter, Jeter finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
“Just having him back is great,” said Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings for his seventh win. “I’m not too sentimental or nostalgic, but it’s great to have Derek Jeter back in the lineup; great to see him in the dugout. I just love having him back out there.”
Pettitte needed help from Jeter and the rest of the lineup as the Yankees fought to take the veteran left-hander off the hook from what was shaping up early to be a rough and labored start.
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Royals catcher Salvador Perez raked a two-run double down the third-base line and Lorenzo Cain lifted a sac fly in a three-run first, and Pettitte’s fielding error on a second-inning bunt also helped set up an Alcides Escobar RBI single.
“It’s the same old story,” Pettitte said. “It seems like, for me, every bunt is a perfect bunt.”
Pettitte settled in and clamped the damage long enough for the Yankees to erupt, as the Bombers pounded Royals starter Ervin Santana for eight runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings.