Fox set for All-Star Game
Game to be shown Tuesday in New YorkNew York's throwing a heck of a party next week to honor Yankee Stadium's last year as well as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game -- and Fox is planning lots of coverage.
The network will provide exclusive coverage of Tuesday's parade up Sixth Avenue of current All-Stars and what is being billed as the largest collection of living Hall of Famers ever. It won't be live, but this year, it won't be on FSN, either. Fox Sports plans to begin its telecast on the broadcast network at 7 p.m. EDT, an hour earlier than previous years.
Chris Rose and Mark Grace will anchor the parade coverage, which Fox Sports president Ed Goren said will be something to see. It will include Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Cal Ripken Jr. Following the coverage of the parade will be a ceremony, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT, from the field at Yankee Stadium. It will feature the All-Stars and Hall of Famers taking the field at their positions. The ceremony is even grander than what MLB did in 1999 for a ceremony that honored Red Sox slugger Ted Williams when the All-Star Game was at Fenway Park.
"The program that Major League Baseball has put together will even outdo that magnificent evening," Goren said.
The game itself will be called as usual by Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Yankees great Yogi Berra will be joining McCarver and Buck in the booth for at least part of the game, McCarver said Wednesday. The ceremony will last until the first pitch, scheduled around 8:40 p.m. There won't be any pregame show other than the ceremony.
"This is just a great, great celebration of baseball for all baseball fans," Goren said.
There are plenty of innovations on the field, too. Yankee Stadium will be outfitted with 21 HD cameras, including HD "diamond cams" in front of home plate and around the foul lines. And there are 80 microphones around the stadium and more on players, managers and umpires.
There's even a blimp for the aerial shots, provided by DirecTV.