FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
MLB on FOX: Cubs/White Sox Battle in Windy City Showdown
President Obama To Throw Out First Pitch At 2009 All-Star Game On FOX
Rosenthal: “Fehr’s Legacy Remarkable If Not For Steroid Issue”
MLB ON FOX WEEK 12: RED SOX/BRAVES, CUBS/WHITE SOX, ANGELS/DBACKS FACE OFF – FOX Sports travels to Chicago for the latest installment of the Windy City Showdown Saturday, June 27 (4:00 PM ET). Derek Lee leads his Northsiders into U.S. Cellular Field to take on Paul Konerko and the White Sox. In Atlanta, Kevin Youkilis and the AL East-leading Red Sox face Chipper Jones and the Braves. Also, it’s an AL West/NL West matchup as Mark Reynolds and the Diamondbacks host Torii Hunter and the Angels. This week, pregame originates live from Chase Field in Phoenix with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew of Kenny Albert and Mark Grace as a field reporter. For instant updates during the week and games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX.
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves Thom Brennaman & Eric Karros 47%
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Tim Wakefield, RHP (9-3, 4.47 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez, RHP (5-6, 3.18 ERA)
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 38%
& Ken Rosenthal
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Ryan Dempster, RHP (4-5, 3.83 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle, LHP (7-2, 3.17 ERA)
Los Angeles Angels at Arizona Diamondbacks Kenny Albert & Mark Grace 14%
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: John Lackey, RHP (2-3, 5.83 ERA) vs. Doug Davis. LHP (3-8, 3.53 ERA)
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT ALL-STAR GAME – Major League Baseball and The White House announced that President Barack Obama will offer the ceremonial first pitch at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game Tuesday, July 14 on FOX (8:00 PM ET) live from St. Louis. “The central theme of the 2009 All-Star Game is community service, celebrating the extraordinary work being done by ordinary people. We are thrilled that we can come together with President Obama, who has encouraged a renewed spirit of national service, and illustrate a call to action in our communities. President Obama will continue a great tradition that joins our nation’s leader and the national pastime,” said baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
ROSENTHAL: “FEHR’S LEGACY REMARKABLE IF NOT FOR STEROID ISSUE” – With the news of MLBPA’s Donald Fehr’s retirement on Monday, MLB on FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, on FOXSports.com, looks back at the 25 years he served as the union’s executive director. “Don Fehr might rightly be hailed as one of the greatest leaders in the history of American labor if not for one issue; steroids. The sad part is that Fehr accomplished so much in more than 25 years as the union’s executive director. He resisted a salary cap, unlike the unions of every other professional sport. He won the collusion cases, fought contraction — and finally, by the end of the current labor agreement in 2011, will have helped achieve 16 years of unprecedented labor peace. It would be a remarkable legacy if not for one issue – the steroid issue – the issue that brought the entire sport shame.”
MCCARVER & BUCK HOST FX’S “ALL-STAR SUNDAY” – On Sunday, July 12th beginning at 8:30 AM ET, FOX Sports’ sister network FX, airs “All-Star Sunday” hosted by MLB on FOX’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. The marathon features five baseball themed movies including the world broadcast premiere of Everyone’s Hero (animation) and the FX premiere of Hardball concluding with Mr. 3000, Feverpitch and The Benchwarmers. The baseball-themed movie event also takes viewers through the “Top 10 All-Star Plays” and concludes at 7:00 PM ET with Buck and McCarver at the helm.
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