Brian submitted his entry into the ABL's contest recently, describing in 25 words or less why he was Australia's biggest baseball fan. Brian's winning entry said:
"I played baseball for 35 years and only stopped because my body stopped before my enthusiasm to play."
A lifelong baseball fan, Brian is right that his enthusiasm for the game never waned. Brian played baseball from 1973 to 2008 including time with the University of Sydney in in New South Wales summer and winter leagues, Epping, North Ryde, and Hornsby Heights in the winter Pacific League competition, and finished his baseball playing days with four years with the Belconnen Bandits in Canberra.
Though his playing days are over, Brian and son Peter, his travelling partner for the All-Star Game, are Canberra Cavalry fans, having attended numerous games at The Fort over the ABL's first two seasons.
Brian and Peter will be in attendance for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on 10 July at Kauffman Stadium. They'll also be in Kansas City on a packed All-Star Weekend that includes the MLB All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Home Run Derby. Fans all over Australia can watch the Futures Game, a battle of the top American prospects in Minor League Baseball against the best from the world, on Monday, 9 July from 7 a.m. on ESPN. The Home Run Derby will be carried on Tuesday, 10 July from 10 a.m. also in Kansas City.
Finally, on Wednesday, 11 July, FOX Sports 3 will carry live coverage of the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from 10 a.m. Tune in to watch the best stars from the American and National Leagues battle for a chance at home-field advantage in the World Series.
The Australian Baseball League wishes to thanks all who participated in this year's giveaway contest. Enjoy the All-Star Game!