The 2010 MLB All-Star Game takes place in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time. You can follow the game live on ESPN America or on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra from 00.30 (Update: now an 01.00 start).
Jonny Gould and Josh Chetwynd will be presenting the radio coverage, bringing to mind those halcyon days of 2008 when the pair brought us that year’s All-Star Game live from the press area at the old Yankee Stadium.
They won’t be in Anaheim, but they’ll be there in spirit and they’ll make you feel like you’re right in the thick of the action as well.
The game will also provide a semblance of normality to those who are still trying to adjust to hearing Jonny and Josh during the early evening. After years of watching the pair in the early hours, these 7 p.m. starts on a Sunday evening take some getting used to. Not that an earlier start is really something to complain about, although it has taken one of their catchphrases away. Those listening in live can all join in with the inevitable “hardcore” cries once more with glee.
All-Star games are generally seen as being a spectacle rather than an immensely thrilling competitive encounter, so it will be interesting to hear how that comes across over the radio. A quick glance at the starting lineups, including starting pitchers David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez, gives every reason to believe that it’s going to be an exciting night and maybe the unique appeal of listening to rather than watching the stars will make it all the more special.
|American League||National League|
|1. I. Suzuki, RF, SEA||1. H. Ramirez, SS, FLA|
|2. D. Jeter, SS, NYY||2. M. Prado, 2B, ATL|
|3. M. Cabrera, 1B, MIN||3. A. Pujols, 1B, STL|
|4. J. Hamilton, CF, TEX||4. R. Howard, DH, PHI|
|5. V. Guerrero, DH, TEX||5. D. Wright, 3B, NYM|
|6. E. Longoria, 3B, TB||6. R. Braun, LF, MIL|
|7. J. Mauer, C, MIN||7. A. Ethier, CF, LA|
|8. R. Cano, 2B, NYY||8. C. Hart, RF, MIL|
|9. C. Crawford, LF, TB||9. Y. Molina, C, STL|
|SP: D. Price, LHP, TB||SP: U. Jimenez, RHP, COL|
MLB.com’s interactive roster is a great way to fuel the excitement as, once you get past the McDonalds advert, you can take a look at the players who will be involved with video clips of some of their best moments from 2010 so far. And you can watch all the highlights from yesterday’s Home Run Derby as well.
Enjoy the game!