Want to know what the future of Major League Baseball looks like? All weekend long in San Francisco, MLB.com will provide, from start to finish, the most extensive coverage of the XM Satellite Radio Futures Game.
It all starts on Friday, when local product and Cleveland Indians prospect Chuck Lofgren comes home to the Bay Area early for a whirlwind tour of San Francisco. MLB.com will be there every step of the way for a video diary, much like the Pirates' Neil Walker did a year ago.
Lofgren and other Futures Gamers will be lending a helping hand at a number of community projects on Saturday. The Indians lefty will head to the Magical Builders project, renovating a Boys & Girls Club that will be renamed in Willie Mays' honor on Tuesday. MLB.com will provide written and video coverage of the volunteer projects.
Then comes the real fun on Sunday, beginning with an exclusive one-hour pregame show live from AT&T Park, site of the 2007 Futures Game. Vinny Micucci, Jonathan Mayo and Brian McRae provide insight and analysis in the booth with Lisa Winston providing on-field interviews with the game's players and managers.
Included in the pregame will be a special interview with two of baseball's most exciting prospects, U.S. outfielders Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin. Harold Reynolds will sit down with the pair and give fans some exclusive insight into what life is like for the pair of 2005 first-round Draft picks.
And that's just to whet your appetite for the game coverage. You can watch the game itself free on BaseballChannel.TV in conjunction with ESPN, or if you're a Gameday fan, the animated pitch-by-pitch function will be at your fingertips as well.
So will being able to interact with players in both dugouts in a new and exciting way. MLB.com writers will be stationed in both the U.S. and World dugouts and will be blogging throughout batting practice and the game. The blogs will be complete with comments, observations and color from the players during the game.
Between innings, stay tuned to BaseballChannel.TV. Micucci and Mayo will provide insight and analysis from the booth while Winston and McRae will handle in-dugout interviewing duties throughout the game, with an interview of the game's MVP to cap things off on the live program.
Be sure to check on the site postgame as well for blanket coverage of the game. Two players, one from the U.S. and one from the World, will be miked up for a special feature. This year, the participants will be Upton and Mets pitching prospect Deolis Guerra. Add that to the notebooks, game stories, columns, photo galleries and other interviews and it's clear that the future is now. And it's only on MLB.com.