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Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff May 23, 2008 08:11 AM

First the jersey, now this.

David Ortiz has apparently once again gotten the Yankees front office all hot and bothered, thanks to his presence in a silly All-Star Game promotion. The “Call Your Shot” event will give a fan the chance to choose a spot in Yankee Stadium where he or she thinks the Red Sox slugger can deposit the ball. Then, Ortiz has one swing to summon Babe Ruth. Simple enough.

But according to the New York Times’ Jack Curry, the Yankees don’t want Ortiz to take that swing.

The Yankees were upset about the plans involving Ortiz and said they were unaware of the promotion until a reporter contacted them Thursday night. The Yankees were discussing the matter internally and planning to contact Major League Baseball for an explanation.

It would be surprising if Ortiz did not get to take the swing. Even though the game is being played at Yankee Stadium, the event is organized by Major League Baseball. State Farm, which sponsors the home run derby, deals with M.L.B., not the Yankees. While the Yankees are the hosts for the game and have been consulted on most matters, they do not make unilateral decisions.

On the one hand, you can understand the Yankees’ beef with the whole thing, having a Red Sox player – and noted Yankee killer – be the one who gets to play Babe Ruth for a night. On the other, are they really going to waste time and energy over a State Farm promotion? You’d think they’d have bigger things to worry about. Like the fact that only the Mariners are in a bigger division deficit than the 22-25 Yankees, 7 ½ games behind Boston.

According to Curry, “Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, and Lonn Trost, the chief operating officer, have spent more than a year working with baseball representatives about various All-Star Game details. Still, Yankee officials said they were surprised by the news that Ortiz would get a chance to go deep in their yard.”

Still, despite the fact that Ortiz is mentioned prominently in the promotion’s copy, there appears this little disclaimer: *Actual athlete to participate in "Call Your Shot" event to be designated by Sponsor and may not be athlete mentioned.”

Perfect. Imagine poring over spreadsheets and hit charts for Ortiz, only to arrive in the Bronx and see that Alex Rodriguez is going to take his shot instead. Nothing against A-Rod, but if you’ve got one swing with everything on the line, I’m not sure he’s your man.

(Thanks to commenter Benny B for pointing out this portion of the disclaimer: "If a resident of Canada is a potential winner, to win he/she must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill question administered by telephone." Is this for real? What on earth does a Canadian's ability to do finite math have anything to do with winning?)

61 comments so far...
  1. As a member of Red Sox Nation I have to say I hate the idea of this contest. I dont want to see Big Papi taking swings at Yankee Stadium. He should be aiming for the Monster Seats, thats where I love to sit in my pink hat and pink Ellsbury shirt starting 'Yankees Sucks' chants and looking forward to belting out Sweet Caroline no matter what the score is. Papi taking swings for a contest at Yankee Stadium is like me going on a shopping spree at the Hanover Mall, ewwwwwww they dont even have a Nordstrom or Bloomies, its just not natural. The Red Sox (WE) should be assertive and stop this contest before it happens because it is always SO GOOD, SO GOOD to see Papi only at Fenway with a Stoli Vanilla and Diet Coke in one hand and my blackberry in the other. I am outie!!

    Posted by Caroline P. Hat May 23, 08 08:31 AM
  1. Hank would complain if his ice cream was cold. What a turd.

    Posted by Chris May 23, 08 08:40 AM
  1. The Yankees are wasting time and energy on this? That's rich, coming from a writer who one week ago today was upset that A-Rod might appear in a video congratulating Manny on his 500th home run.

    Posted by Murph May 23, 08 09:00 AM
  1. A-Rod has only competed in 3 derbys, the last was as a Ranger in '02. In '98 he got five homers (to the winner, Ken Griffey Jr.'s 19, he came in fourth out of five). In '01 and '02 he hit 2 home runs each try (they started the current "brackets/rounds" format in 2000-he's never made it out of the first round). Maybe they should let the winning fan choose from one of the participants (the last time the Yankees had a player in the derby was '03, Giambi, 23 total homers but didn't get to final round). Incidentally, Ken Griffey Jr. has the most wins (3). No one else has ever won more than once. I say let the fan choose the player to take the shot. Seems the best way.

    Posted by Duck May 23, 08 10:48 AM
  1. The Yankees are starting to fear a "Big Papi curse." First the shirt buried in the stadium and now this. Although since the shirt's been dug up Papi got hot and the Yankees are in last place, maybe they should have left the shirt there.

    With the Yankees in last place and Red Sox fans stuffing All Star ballots the All Star game at Yankee Stadium could become a big Red Sox affair. Imagine how Hank will feel about that?

    Posted by Debbie May 23, 08 11:05 AM
  1. Reason #447 that the Yanks suck....they've become irrelevant. We have much more pressing issues to keep an eye on, like those pesky Rays! :P

    Posted by Jax May 23, 08 12:47 PM
  1. Good Lord. Who cares? It's just some silly commercial for an insurance company.
    Hank, you have bigger worries.

    Posted by Actual baseball fan May 23, 08 12:47 PM
  1. I think the Red Sox should boycott the All Star Game this year....ha

    Posted by bostonsports May 23, 08 01:18 PM
  1. This is in response to Caroline P. Hat.........

    You are such a cliche with your pink hat and Sweet Caroline. When did you join "Red Sox Nation?" When the bandwagon fired up in '04?

    People don't need any more reason to hate all the Masshole Red Sox fans. People like you are the reason the rest of the nation do.

    Posted by The Oriole Bird May 23, 08 01:30 PM
  1. This is so ridiclious. They should be more concerned with their pitching. Who cares of Ortiz is going to hit a HR in their stadium? You would think they would be used to it by now!

    Posted by Danesy May 23, 08 01:41 PM
  1. Either "The Oriole Bird" needs their sarcasm detector adjusted, or I do...

    Posted by KR May 23, 08 01:44 PM
  1. Shouldn't the Yankee's be worrying about tooth decay in their minor league system rather than this? Their minor leaguers are RUINING their teeth with all the sweets availed them in the clubhouse and dugout!

    Posted by Nero May 23, 08 01:47 PM
  1. I agree KR- maybe only Massholes can pick up on sarcasm?

    Posted by CP May 23, 08 01:54 PM
  1. as a fan of the sox, i'd like to take a moment to wish hank good health and a long tenure at the top in the bronx.

    .

    Posted by pylons May 23, 08 02:02 PM
  1. Doubt the sarcasm. It is so typical of today's Sox fan. Where were you all between '86 and '03? I didn't see people running around with B's on their hats claiming to be huge fans in every other city until after Affleck and King were shown in the stands during every inning since '04.

    Seriously, the fair-weather fans and bandwagon riders that call themselves today's Red Sox (or Pats) fans should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by The Oriole Bird May 23, 08 02:06 PM
  1. This in response to The oriole Bird........

    You must be a yankee fan.

    This fan just spoke up about the great tradition of being a Red Sox fan; singing Sweet Caroline, "no matter what the score is". Did you happen to read that buddy?
    "NO MATTER WHAT THE SCORE IS!"

    Fenway is the greatest place to go and have a cocktail or beer(both tradition of all baseball teams, even the yankees) start up some chants, and to remind you of something, the yankees do suck, and sport some Red Sox gear.

    Your that solo dude in the corner with a bottled water and plain white t-shirt wishing that everybody could keep it down so you can listen to what the players are saying to each other.

    Go home and watch the game on TV by yourself you miserable baseball fan.

    Posted by Bink May 23, 08 02:07 PM
  1. I know if arod came into to Fenway doing the same thing I would be getting the Boo-Birds worked up and let him know exactly where he was at!

    Posted by Bink May 23, 08 02:10 PM
  1. Caroline P. Hat is the same size turd as Hank, just pink.

    Posted by Red Peters May 23, 08 02:10 PM
  1. Evertyhing between the Sox and Yankees aside, what is the deal with the additional disclaimer on the site? Taken from the fine print, it says:
    "If a resident of Canada is a potential winner, to win he/she must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill question administered by telephone."
    Since when did mathematical skill become a requirement to win a contest like this? A little bizarre...

    Posted by Benny B May 23, 08 02:16 PM
  1. Hey 0-bird,

    So what? Your saying you wish the Red Sox didnt win so you YOU can say that your a true fan?!
    I have been a BoSox fan my entire life and I welcome these fans, do you not realize that the tables have turned? Are you not excited that we now have fans everywhere who think the yankees suck? No your right, I wish we were going on our 90th year drought so YOU can say that you are a real Red Sox fan.

    I would think about moving down the road where you can start fresh with a new stadium that a-rod built and then you can start a championship-less drought with that other team!

    Posted by Bink May 23, 08 02:17 PM
  1. I am now dumber having read all of this. Thanks everyone.

    Posted by Mustache Rides May 23, 08 02:19 PM
  1. "This in response to The oriole Bird........

    You must be a yankee fan."

    Bink, are you serious? Oriole Bird = Yankees Fan? Really? You must be some baseball fan to come to that conclusion, Einstein.

    Yankees blow but at least their fans show up to support thier team, not because it's chic to do so, but because the love their team.

    Do you understand the difference between being a fan and just trying to be cool and hip by letting everyone know your a fan? There is no Yankee Nation, Oriole Nation or any other faux "club" because there doesn't need to be.

    Your hats should have a "B" with an astrisk.

    Posted by The Oriole Bird May 23, 08 02:23 PM
  1. This first poster here, you're awful. Whether that is real or fake, it's awful.

    Posted by Moses123 May 23, 08 02:24 PM
  1. Was it just me, or did any of you other guys get, just a little turned on by Caroline P's comments. Just a little 'shwing'? I love you Caroline P, no matter what all these insensitive fools say.

    Posted by Neil D May 23, 08 02:25 PM
  1. You read it Mustache.....

    I love that everyone thinks I am an Yankees fan.

    Some fans, you know that there are another 28 teams out there. All of whose fans can't stand you people.

    Posted by The Oriole Bird May 23, 08 02:26 PM
  1. Bink,

    Just wondering but don't you think "The Oriole Bird" might be from Baltimore? Just a guess on my part.

    Posted by Girls, Girls May 23, 08 02:27 PM
  1. Coming from a real baseball fan, who the hell cares who hits what in anyone's park. I love my Sox and all, and have since I was born, but you guys have to appreciate other teams for what they can do. This is why I don't get yelled at when I wear my Sox hat at Yankee Stadium, because I'm respectful, learn about it.

    Posted by jomokous May 23, 08 02:32 PM
  1. Oh yeah!

    The Orioles DO have a team!

    It's easy to forget...

    Posted by Bink May 23, 08 02:34 PM
  1. Love us, hate us, we are the champs.

    The yankee fan comment was insult, plain and simple.

    Posted by Bink May 23, 08 02:36 PM
  1. I think that everyone here has proven that there are jerk fans for every team, you all need to start respecting the game and the other teams than the one you like. I've been a sox fan since birth and all this "bandwagon" crap sounds a lot familiar to when any other team won a world series. So cut the crap.

    By the way, go Cubs '08 your turn to break your billy goat curse.

    Posted by jomokous May 23, 08 02:39 PM
  1. In order to win a contest like this in Canada, you must always for some reason answer a skill testing questtion. It is the law. A short while ago I won a IPod from a roll up the rim contest sponsored by a National Coffee chain and was told I would be contacted by phone to answer a skill testing math question. For weeks I worried about the complexities that might involve and then one morning I got the call. The question was something like multiply 5 by 10, divide that number by 2 and add 10. So it was just something to dispell the notion that it had been just a gambling type win.

    Posted by Don Hyslop May 23, 08 02:45 PM
  1. Canadian anti-gambling law makes it illegal to sell chances to win a prize, so promoters always offer a free method of entering each contest, and task every winner with a skill-testing question. By doing the latter, they argue, the game is no longer one merely of chance but a contest requiring some skill.

    Posted by Thiru May 23, 08 02:47 PM
  1. Haven't lost to the champs this year Bink. It is easy to forget, isn't it.

    Posted by The Oriole Bird May 23, 08 02:49 PM
  1. for those who don't realize that the first comment was a joke - wake up people. honestly.......

    Posted by B May 23, 08 03:00 PM
  1. About the Canada thing. It has to do with Canadian laws concerning games of chance. By making you answer a question to get the prize, they turn into a game of "skill." They ask you simple math so that you don't end up losing because of it. At least, that's my understanding.

    Posted by Ricky May 23, 08 03:50 PM
  1. Oh, Canada:

    I don't know this for SURE, but I believe it would have something to do with Canada outlawing games of pure chance, as opposed to skill. I've seen something like this before.

    Posted by Josh May 23, 08 03:59 PM
  1. Oriole Bird, I was definitely going to stadiums long before '03, and always wore my hat with the B proudly. I actually don't go anymore though because of the facts that you stated. There are too many. Back fifteen years ago you could stay in the same hotel as the Sox, get some autographs and then head out to a throwback dungeon of a stadium like Detriot's Tiger or your old haunt Veteran's.
    That being said, Pink Hat is definitely not serious. It might not be sarcasm, but if it isn't then it is not an actual Red Sox fan.

    Posted by CozSoxFan May 23, 08 04:12 PM
  1. Canadian law requires an element of skill to win a contest.

    Canadian sweepstakes law, unlike American law, requires that the third component, "winners are chosen by luck," is removed. Sponsors cannot use pure luck to determine who wins a sweepstake. There must be at least some element
    of skill involved.

    The courts have agreed that a four-part mathematical test such as "155 plus 33 divided by 2 minus 12" is enough to qualify as a skill-testing question.

    Posted by Jason May 23, 08 04:13 PM
  1. oriole bird, you are a moron. caroline p., you sound like a grouchy old sox fan, get a life and stop reading a red sox blog.

    Posted by pistol pete May 23, 08 04:50 PM
  1. to caroline and the o bird...

    first caroline you said pretty much the same thing on another article about the sox .

    o bird.. not every sox fan is a pink like yourself probably now because the O's are actually doing something but will then fall off cause you have no one on your team.

    who cares about this get over it people.


    Posted by no means no May 23, 08 05:09 PM
  1. i think i'm hot for caroline p. hat, and that's no joke son!
    no wait, i meant to say david oughta hit the ball off her... uhh, stoli?

    Posted by will May 23, 08 05:36 PM
  1. Only the Canadian government can run a lottery, not a corporation or individual. - thus the special Canadian disclaimer. The simple math question changes the sweepstakes from a game of luck to a game of "skill". The questions are generally simple grade school level problems.

    Posted by borderstatefan May 23, 08 06:23 PM
  1. HA HA HA....

    I don't know what's funnier, Caroline P Hat's hilarious goof on Red Sox fans or all the people taking her seriously.

    If you Google: "If a resident of Canada is a potential winner, to win he/she must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill question administered by telephone."
    It seems to be a common requirement for lots of promotions? What gives??

    Posted by Boston Blake May 23, 08 06:36 PM
  1. saw my first game in Fenway in 1959 and have been a Sox fan ever since; but i do respect the players of every team. What makes the Bronx Bozos so hateful is their fans, who think they have a god-given right to win and if they don't, then somebody cheated.. There are front-runners for every team but none more so than the Yankees...

    Posted by flabosoxfan May 23, 08 08:21 PM
  1. Benny B, Eric, and others curious about why those of us north of the border have to pass a math test to collect the prize:

    This is from a recent Wired article on the subject:

    "The [mathematical skill] test is a hack of Canada's legal code by the promotions business. Canadian anti-gambling law makes it illegal to sell chances to win a prize, so promoters always offer a free method of entering each contest, and task every winner with a skill-testing question. By doing the latter, they argue, the game is no longer one merely of chance but a contest requiring some skill."

    You can read the entire article here: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/01/72511

    Personally, I am wondering why the NYT reported that the winner gets season tickets to any MLB team of their choice. There is nothing about this on the website.

    Posted by Dave from Canada May 23, 08 08:58 PM
  1. The mathmatical question is a way to skirt around Canadian law. It removes the "luck" factor from the sweepstakes and makes it a "skill" competition.

    Posted by Jim May 23, 08 09:34 PM
  1. re:Caroline P. Hat

    Oh my GOD, I am SO glad you are a member of Red Sox Nation, but can you just SHUT UP. It is about baseball, NOT about ewwwweee your shopping. You are the kind of fan, that YES make money for the Red Sox, but make Yankee fans laugh at us.

    Posted by Susan May 23, 08 09:45 PM
  1. Some fans, you know that there are another 28 teams out there. All of whose fans can't stand you people.

    Hey Oriole Bird...

    Without Red Sox nation buying up all the seats at Camden yards, you guys might not have enough revenue to operate!! When the Sox play there it's a joke. 80% Sox fans 20% Bird Lovers.

    Posted by hootski66 May 23, 08 10:13 PM
  1. wow i hate stupid fans, whether they are stupid red sox fans or stupid yankees fans or stupid orioles fans or stupid baseball fans.....
    im pretty sure oriole bird is an orioles fan.... just a hunch....
    im also pretty sure, oriole bird, that red sox fans have been showing up to support their team since before 2004's championship, in fact we are about to pass the record for most sellouts in a ROW. on september 3rd fenway will pass cleveland's record of 455 sellouts in a row.... yes, i am aware that fenway is not the biggest park in MLB, but that still says something...especially since the prices are the highest in baseball... any given tuesday night against any given team, there are over 35000 people cramped into uncomfortable seats that face towards the outfield instead of home plate... and that started when we hadnt won a championship in 86 years and continued through when we missed the playoffs in 2005, and will continue no matter what happens in 2008... so STOP BICKERING grow up and realize that baseball and watching baseball and being a fan of baseball and singing along to sweet caroline is meant to be FUN!!! why does it matter if ortiz has fun winning some lucky person money at yankee stadium.... good for him and good for the winner.... hank needs to get some prozac i think.

    Posted by silent jay May 24, 08 01:26 AM
  1. The Canada-math thing is probably a reference to a YouTube video (which I cannot find) about a guy who was charged $0.05/ mbps instead of the $0.005/ mbps he was quoted by Verizon Canada. So he got a $70 bill instead of a $0.07 bill. With every person he talks to at Verizon, he attempts to explain that there is a difference between $0.05 and $0.005 and no one seems to get it. I'm not taking the time to check the disclaimer, but if MLB did that, they are completely brilliant. LOL.

    Posted by Robert Casteline May 24, 08 08:05 AM
  1. I have lost faith in humanity after reading this exchange...and no, I'm not being sarcastic.

    Now who's going to comment on my double negative.

    Never count the Yankees out.

    Posted by I haven't showered yet May 24, 08 09:51 AM
  1. "Nothing against A-Rod, but if you’ve got one swing with everything on the line, I’m not sure he’s your man."

    Yeah...I'd much rather go with a guy hitting .245 this season then the raining MVP.
    zzzzzzzzzzz dumbest thing I've ever read.

    However...may I point out that this article shows that their is nothing better in the news to be talked about then trying to dig up some more tired ass Redsox/Yankees rivalry that won't start until late August anyways...

    Eric Wilbur...you bore me. Now go report on something that anyone really cares about.

    Posted by ManRam May 24, 08 09:52 AM
  1. The Yankees are the team of the last century. They not only have trouble with sarcasm, they have trouble spotting irony: in 2005 I began hearing how Sox fans were all of a sudden just as bad as the Yankees fans they long complained about.

    Well after decades of Yankee dominance, and moronic fans, they can sit down, shut up, and quietly waste the biggest payroll in the MLB while baseball approaches becoming as competitive as it should be.

    Posted by Caoimhin O'Maolchathaigh May 24, 08 11:37 AM
  1. Oriole Bird-
    "Seriously, the fair-weather fans and bandwagon riders that call themselves today's Red Sox (or Pats) fans should be ashamed of themselves."


    and those same fair-weather fan and bandwagon riders used to be Yankees fan. and if Baltimore ever decide they want to have a real team, then they will sitting right next to you.

    you forget the every single team has fans that only decide to be fans when they're winning. that has NOTHING to do with the fact that no matter where you go...you will see Pats, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics gear...regardless of the last time they won a championship. You still see Pats fans, even if they lost the world's biggest upset. You still see Celtics jerseys...even if they last time they won was in 86...

    ...and Massholes? really?

    Posted by humblepatience13 May 24, 08 01:26 PM
  1. Lame - Yankee fans like Caroline P. Hat wasting their time on a Red Sox blog. How lousy the team south of CT must be that they have to go and harass Red Sox fans on sports blogs.

    Papi, keep hitting homers.

    Posted by mjb May 24, 08 08:19 PM
  1. Oriole Bird - You're a loser rooting for a loser team. Why are you even here posting about the Red Sox!?!? Take your tired act to a Baltimore web site. The fact that you are here posting hateful comments about the WORLD CHAMPION Red Sox shows your inferiority complex. Take off loser.

    Posted by Sox fan in Georgia May 24, 08 09:29 PM
  1. In Canada we are not allowed to legally get anything for free. Therefor we always have to answer skill testing questions so legally we are winning the prize for answering the question. I don't understand but ya thats why.

    Posted by Justin Connors May 25, 08 05:04 PM
  1. CAROLINE P HAT -- Even though you're a Yankees fan goofing on our BoSox fans, thanks for the chuckle. That was pretty hilarious, and such a refreshing change from the usual Yankee fan stupidity.

    ORIOLE BIRD -- don't be such a sucker. Ever heard of satire? Lampoon? Ridicule? Mockery? Or are you just being a common troll?

    Posted by Carla Yastrzemski May 26, 08 11:11 AM
  1. At Original Poster: You are hereby disowned from Red Sox nation for being wicked retahded

    Posted by Chris Glassanos May 27, 08 09:24 AM
  1. "raining MVP"? No: reigning MVP.

    And really... "ManRam"? God, Jesus, Mary, please, please don't let that nickname take hold.

    Posted by dave May 29, 08 04:36 PM
  1. Here's the full story on why Canadian contests have the 'skill' element:
    http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mpurchasetoenter.html
    (the Canadian bit is at the end)

    To make a long story short, its the same reason that all US entries always say 'no purchase necessary' and provide a way to enter without buying anything. Its needed to not be a lottery, which would be illegal gambling, as others have said.

    Posted by Fred June 2, 08 01:08 PM
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