Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catch "The Lineup" On MSG

Sorry for the lack of posts these last few days. It's hard to write something when you don't get to see much of the action. Plan tonight is to write a post about Phil/Joba but that will depend on the free time the family gives me. I wanted to pass along 1 piece of information you might find of interest.

The MSG Network is debuting a new series tonight called "The Lineup." The premise of the show is to determine the best baseball players in the city of New York's history. That should be interesting and worth checking out. The show debuts tonight @ 10:30 ET. Here's some more info from a press release (sounds like someone can win a signed baseball by Don Mattingly):

“The Lineup: New York’s All-Time Best Baseball Players,” a new original series and interactive fantasy game that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York, premier tonight on MSG Network with “Catchers,” the first of ten weekly episodes. Each 30-minute episode of “The Lineup” will present a number of nominees for consideration at each position, from the Yankees, Mets, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, with one episode dedicated to the best New York manager of all-time. MSG’s Fran Healy will host a panel, consisting of Hall of Fame Mets catcher Gary Carter, former Yankee bullpen ace Sparky Lyle, New York Magazine contributing editor and baseball aficionado Will Leitch, and executive vice president of the Elias Sports Bureau Steve Hirdt. The panel will whittle down a larger list of players from each position and determine the top five from each spot on the diamond. By the end of each episode, they will crown the top player at each position and name him to the official “Lineup” card.

With an interactive fantasy game launched in conjunction with the on-air program and hosted on MSG.com/lineup, viewers can see how they stack up against The Lineup's experts. Fans will try to predict the five players who will be nominated each week and ultimately who will be selected as the starter in the final “Lineup.” Participants will receive points for each correct pick and will be eligible for weekly prizes such as signed memorabilia from baseball greats like Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter. At the end of the series, the participant with the most points will win a Grand Prize. The site will also feature chats for fans to interact and debate each position, quizzes about the nominated players, photo and video galleries, and player statistics for fans to comb through before making their picks.

The first episode of The Lineup airs TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:30 p.m. ET on MSG Network. Head over to MSG.com/lineup and make your picks for the best catcher in NY baseball history and enter for your chance to win this week's signed baseball by Don Mattingly!

Enjoy. Peace, love and Pinstripes,