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Pros vs GI Joes: US Army 1, Detroit Tigers 0

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Jul 14, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

There’s a ton of baseball (and gaming) related activity going on this week in St. Louis revolving around tonight’s 2009 MLB All-Star Game, but one particular event yesterday probably meant more to more people than all the rest.

As part of the Pros vs GI Joes program, PlayStation welcomed a St. Louis-based Army group in to compete in a little MLB 09 tournament against FanFest attendees. The winning soldier, Richy Kohler, took home a PS3, a copy of the game, and scored tickets to tonight’s MLB All-Star game.

But the best part was when Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Edwin Jackson showed up at the PlayStation Truck. He took on soldiers based in Kuwait in a 3-inning game via the PlayStation Network, which was definitely a memorable experience for all involved. Jackson then stuck around to take on Kohler in a friendly game (and won). I caught up with Jackson before he had to head off to practice, and he proved to be a real class act. Do me a favor and take a look at what he (and some of the soldiers) had to say:

I think we’ve all gotten accustomed to playing against our friends (and total strangers) online over the past few years, but it was really cool to see how meaningful that connection can be to people stationed so far from home.

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+ Neil on July 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm said:

And knowing is half the battle.


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+ StonTemplePilot on July 14th, 2009 at 3:10 pm said:

ummmm the other half would be doing the right thing?


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+ agc8602 on July 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm said:

Hi Jeff, I still haven’t received the Uncharted 2 schwag bag. Is there anyone to talk to about that?


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+ UltimaChocochu on July 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm said:

Stuff for our troops is always awesome.
Good job guys.


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+ Vengeful-Chaos on July 14th, 2009 at 3:14 pm said:

Nice vid, that was very cool of Jackson to stick around and play against our troops.

What was the score between Kohler and Jackson?


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+ The_Punisher111 on July 14th, 2009 at 3:26 pm said:

“”He took on soldiers based in Kuwait””

Damn. Thats a one man army. Damn Iraqis will never leave that poor defenseless country alone.

Support our troops \m/


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+ TwiztedR3DHead on July 14th, 2009 at 3:28 pm said:

aight ps gettin thangs done


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+ Ftwrthtx on July 14th, 2009 at 3:47 pm said:

Great to hear MLB players supporting our troops and being very classy.

Definitely not a classless “Manny being Manny” type of thing, but a real class act.

Kudos to Edwin Jackson and double kudos to our troops around the world.


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+ Tebeau23 on July 14th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

Hey Jeff…How’s Saint Louis?

:D


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+ infamousXX87XX on July 14th, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:

Good on Sony’s part….

Is it just me or has the blog been lacking in worthy info/blog entries lately


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+ spunnups on July 14th, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:

That’s awesome. I wish I could be there.


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+ ADR143 on July 14th, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

good job guys this is awesome


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+ NEJI64 on July 14th, 2009 at 4:28 pm said:

YANKEES RULE….


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+ PullusPardusUS on July 14th, 2009 at 4:47 pm said:

eh… kuwait is not in war , its a peacful boring (and piece of S@!#) place, i know cause i live there, Iraq is the one at war, not even Iran is effected by it.

and yes all US Troops do in here is play video games and throw parties.


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+ djpenny1 on July 14th, 2009 at 5:25 pm said:

Goooo Toronto Blue Jays


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+ Anti-Dentite on July 14th, 2009 at 5:36 pm said:

Jesus. Where’s the info on Trine, Fat Princess, Grand Turismo and many many countless things? If I wanted to get info on “Roidball” I’ll go to ESPN.


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+ Tebeau23 on July 14th, 2009 at 5:40 pm said:

Well there at the game! Gotta love iphones right? Bigz 2 was great might have to get it!


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+ LUGIEZ on July 14th, 2009 at 5:43 pm said:

sweet stuff


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+ Salem13 on July 14th, 2009 at 6:29 pm said:

All politics aside, that was a really cool thing to do for the troops!


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+ DonnyG on July 14th, 2009 at 8:52 pm said:

Good stuff.


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+ Zhi13 on July 14th, 2009 at 9:06 pm said:

The American League Won! jaja so much for the prediction lol but no matters MLB The Show is the best!


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on July 14th, 2009 at 9:53 pm said:

    It got the total number of runs right, though. I guess nobody could predict Pujols\’ early error that made the difference.


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+ Enigma777 on July 14th, 2009 at 9:18 pm said:

Am I the only one having problems with the embedded videos lately? Every time my mouse moves over the video, it refreshes and starts the video from the beginning…


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on July 14th, 2009 at 9:54 pm said:

    what browser are you using?

    Also, the player will be getting upgraded in the next couple of weeks to HD quality.


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+ Vengeful-Chaos on July 14th, 2009 at 9:20 pm said:

I was rooting for the National League :(. Overall it was a good game that was close with some great plays.


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+ RPKK on July 14th, 2009 at 11:37 pm said:

@23

Same thing happens to me when I use Firefox. Safari seems to be fine though.


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+ Enigma777 on July 15th, 2009 at 1:37 am said:

@Jeff: I’m running FF…


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+ Onna76_NL on July 15th, 2009 at 1:50 am said:

This is totally off topic but what is the big idea of Sega Sammy to bring Valkyria Chronicles sequel to the PSP?! Man, my PS3 is already crying because of JRPG dryness, could it get any worse?! I bet most fans are kind of disappointed about this since they all own the PS3 version *duh*.


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+ Onna76_NL on July 15th, 2009 at 1:51 am said:

I’m using the final FF version no problems here by the way…


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+ JesseHaysFL on July 15th, 2009 at 3:59 am said:

Mr. Rubenstien,

You guys did a really good thing there.In my personal opinion I think it would be cool if there was an SCEA PSN release that would donate some of the proceeds to The Walter Reed Medical Center, and maybe a few PS3′s for our injured soldiers to play. I think you guys could help make a difference in the all to tough lives of an injured vet returning in this economic climate.

I know I would buy whatever the game was in a heartbeat. Anyway just a thought, if you happen to read this thanks.

Anyone who reads this and would like to help read this article..

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/05/29/game-therapy-at-walter-reed-medical-center/


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+ JesseHaysFL on July 15th, 2009 at 4:00 am said:

Here is the official army web site on how to help.

http://giftstoarmy.army.mil/


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+ Jewdo on July 15th, 2009 at 5:39 am said:

@ Post 1, nice


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+ zombie9 on July 15th, 2009 at 5:50 am said:

I have problems with (video) The company I work for usees internet filter to block Websites and Streaming Video. Makes me feel like back in High school again. But I’m just glad they don’t block the blog. But I guesss I should be working and not bloging also. Troop suport is cool and I think anyone who serves should get a free PS3 :)


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+ daniel1908 on July 15th, 2009 at 6:38 am said:

Anyone have a clue when we can expect Fat Princess on PSN? Please someone tell me when!!!!!!!!!


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+ MAGNUM-RAM on July 15th, 2009 at 8:27 am said:

I want hulu.com back

I love mlb09 the show!
I keep messing up on rtts though, im just a big bag of nerves. the curveball has and looks like it always will intimidate me.


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+ acerazer1 on July 15th, 2009 at 9:19 am said:

It’s been a long road for Edwin Jackson, this being his third or fourth organization. Glad he’s starting to figure it out and live up to his potential.


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+ Thrasher20 on July 15th, 2009 at 11:58 am said:

Where is MAG?


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+ patrol2008 on July 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm said:

I was able to make it to this event it was awesome to see. Fan fest was an amazing event. The truck looked great. Way to go PS on giving back.


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+ Thomaticus on July 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm said:

We should always show appreciate to the troops as best we can. Good job Sony!


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on July 15th, 2009 at 8:19 pm said:

@23

Same here, using Firefox 3.5


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