COOPERSTOWN NY - JULY 25: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench entertains the crowd at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 25 20010 in Cooperstown New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Remember way back in the day when I interviewed Barry Larkin and talked about the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams contest? Well voting is over and while our boy didn't make it some other former Reds did. Here's the team:
The Pepsi MAX® Field of DreamsTM Team roster is comprised of:
- Starting Pitcher – Randy Johnson
- Catcher – Johnny Bench
- First Baseman – Frank Thomas
- Second Baseman – Rod Carew
- Third Baseman – Mike Schmidt
- Short Stop – Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Outfielders – Ken Griffey, Jr., Tony Gwynn and Reggie Jackson
- Relief Pitcher – Dennis Eckersley
- Designated Hitter – Edgar Martinez
More info after the jump, including how to decide where the game will be held, after the jump.
This is pretty cool. From the press release:
More than 2.5 million votes were cast from baseball enthusiasts across the country to determine the 11-man dream team, which includes some of the biggest names in baseball: Cal Ripken Jr., Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn and Reggie Jackson. The team was selected from 30 player nominees who represent more than 20 Hall of Famers, 325 All-Star Game Selections, 32 World Series Championships, 20 League MVPs, 15 Cy Young Awards, and 119 Gold Gloves. Their records have stood the test of time and their stories have become a part of the fabric of the game, creating the tapestry that is the National Pastime.
That's a lotta hardware, wow.
On September 14th Pepsi will announce four fan finalists who will then plead their case to host the All-Time Greats team in their city. Once again, from the press release:
Similar to how the 11-man roster was chosen, from September 14 through October 5, fans will have the chance to vote for which of the four finalists will host the Pepsi MAX® Field of DreamsTM Team, in their local community surrounded by family, friends and baseball fans. Additionally, ESPN will air a one-hour special chronicling the Pepsi MAX® Field of DreamsTM program, the fan-voted 11-man team and four consumer finalists on September 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
If you'd like to take part in deciding where the game will be played, check out the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams webpage starting September 15th to see what cities have been chosen and to vote for your choice.