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Jul 14

Jul 14

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

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by 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 said:

July 14th, 3:02 pm

And knowing is half the battle.

StonTemplePilot said:

July 14th, 3:10 pm

ummmm the other half would be doing the right thing?

agc8602 said:

July 14th, 3:11 pm

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

UltimaChocochu said:

July 14th, 3:11 pm

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

Vengeful-Chaos said:

July 14th, 3:14 pm

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

What was the score between Kohler and Jackson?

The_Punisher111 said:

July 14th, 3:26 pm

“”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/

TwiztedR3DHead said:

July 14th, 3:28 pm

aight ps gettin thangs done

Ftwrthtx said:

July 14th, 3:47 pm

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.

Tebeau23 said:

July 14th, 3:52 pm

Hey Jeff…How’s Saint Louis?

:D

infamousXX87XX said:

July 14th, 3:54 pm

Good on Sony’s part….

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

spunnups said:

July 14th, 3:54 pm

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

ADR143 said:

July 14th, 4:05 pm

good job guys this is awesome

NEJI64 said:

July 14th, 4:28 pm

YANKEES RULE….

PullusPardusUS said:

July 14th, 4:47 pm

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.

djpenny1 said:

July 14th, 5:25 pm

Goooo Toronto Blue Jays

Anti-Dentite said:

July 14th, 5:36 pm

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.

Tebeau23 said:

July 14th, 5:40 pm

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

LUGIEZ said:

July 14th, 5:43 pm

sweet stuff

Salem13 said:

July 14th, 6:29 pm

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

DonnyG said:

July 14th, 8:52 pm

Good stuff.

Zhi13 said:

July 14th, 9:06 pm

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 said:

    July 14th, 9:53 pm

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

Enigma777 said:

July 14th, 9:18 pm

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 said:

    July 14th, 9:54 pm

    what browser are you using?

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

Vengeful-Chaos said:

July 14th, 9:20 pm

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

RPKK said:

July 14th, 11:37 pm

@23

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

Enigma777 said:

July 15th, 1:37 am

@Jeff: I’m running FF…

Onna76_NL said:

July 15th, 1:50 am

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*.

Onna76_NL said:

July 15th, 1:51 am

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

JesseHaysFL said:

July 15th, 3:59 am

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/

JesseHaysFL said:

July 15th, 4:00 am

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

http://giftstoarmy.army.mil/

Jewdo said:

July 15th, 5:39 am

@ Post 1, nice

zombie9 said:

July 15th, 5:50 am

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 :)

daniel1908 said:

July 15th, 6:38 am

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

MAGNUM-RAM said:

July 15th, 8:27 am

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.

acerazer1 said:

July 15th, 9:19 am

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.

Thrasher20 said:

July 15th, 11:58 am

Where is MAG?

patrol2008 said:

July 15th, 2:40 pm

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.

Thomaticus said:

July 15th, 6:36 pm

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

Cerberus_Hunter said:

July 15th, 8:19 pm

@23

Same here, using Firefox 3.5

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