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Live from New York: All-star pregame show

NEW YORK -- Greetings from Yankee Stadium as we get set for the 79th All-Star Game. The official Fox coverage comes on the air in about 10 minutes but don't look for a first pitch much before 8:40 or 8:45 because there's going to be a huge ceremony in celebration of Yankee Stadium featuring more than 40 living Hall of Famers.

We'll try to keep you updated on some of what's going on here and also have a live blog on the game. That's the plan. Keep your fingers crossed that the wireless Internet here in the right field press box doesn't conk out.

---Mike Harrington

8:27 p.m. We will try for some live blogging tonight. After a 30-minute outage that lasted through the entire opening ceremony, we harbor no guarantees. Technologically speaking, it's time to bulldoze this place.

7:52 p.m.: Nice video tribute to late Buffalo native Tim Russert is greeted with applause. His wife, Maureen Orth, and son Luke are introduced behind the plate.

7:50 p.m.: There is a giant tent in center field behind the fence, ostensibly to house the HOFs before they hit the field. Red, white and blue starts are being painted in the infield dirt, as well as a section in the grass just behind second base. This ceremony should be akin to the one in 1999, when the current all-stars all met Ted Williams on the Fenway Park mound, and like last year's in San Francisco, when they greeted Willie Mays in center field. How about a home plate meeting with Yogi Berra?


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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