BLOOMINGTON, Ill., May 12 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Baseball fans of all ages dream of stepping up to the plate, hearing the roar of the crowd, staring a pitcher down and pointing to the outfield just before hitting a memorable home run. State Farm and Major League Baseball(R) are offering one lucky fan a once in a lifetime opportunity with Call Your Shot. Aim for the Arch — a chance to call an historic home run shot for MLB All-Star Albert Pujols prior to the start of the 2009 State Farm(R) Home Run Derby(R) at Busch Stadium(TM).
In addition to a trip for four to the All-Star Game and the State Farm(R) Home Run Derby, the grand prize winner of Call Your Shot. Aim for the Arch will stand at home plate in Busch Stadium and attempt to call a memorable home run shot by Pujols prior to the start of the State Farm Home Run Derby on July 13. All of the State Farm(R) Home Run Derby festivities will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 p.m. EDT.
“A game winning hit, pitching a no-hitter or a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series – baseball has a history of creating big moments,” said Mark Gibson, Assistant Vice President of Advertising for State Farm. “State Farm is all about being there for life’s big moments. And giving fans the chance to participate in the State Farm (R)Home Run Derby – to win the ultimate baseball experience – is certainly one of those moments.”
“The importance of charitable initiatives and community service is more significant than ever, and all throughout All-Star Week, Major League Baseball is dedicated to transcending the playing field and making an impact on the lives of our fans” said Bob DuPuy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Major League baseball. “The State Farm Home Run Derby has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated nights of the year in baseball, and this promotion by State Farm fits perfectly with our mission to give back to our fans.”
If Pujols connects and hits the called shot, the contest winner also will take home a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, as well as an MLB Fan Room that includes a 65″ Sharp Aquos TV, two Dream seats, Sharp sound Bar, and Pepsi products to stock the room.
Topping it all off is a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a 2009 World Series Game. Win or lose, the fan will take home memories of a once in a lifetime baseball experience from Busch Stadium and the State Farm(R) Home Run Derby.
The Call Your Shot grand prize package includes:
— Fan experience on-field before the State Farm Home Run Derby
— Four tickets to the State Farm(R) Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game
— Meet and greet with MLB superstar Albert Pujols
— Round trip air transportation for four to St. Louis
— First class hotel accommodations in St. Louis (five days/four nights)
— A $1,000 MasterCard(R) Gift Card
Additionally, 10 fans will win a first place prize consisting of a $250 MLB.com Shop gift certificate, and 25 second prize winners will be awarded a $100 MLB.com Shop gift certificate.
Fans also will have the opportunity to win additional prizes through Gold Ball Tickets. Each Gold Ball Ticket will include a Home Run Distance and Gold Ball Code. If the distance on the ticket matches the distance of a Gold Ball Home Run hit during the State Farm(R) Home Run Derby, the consumer can enter the code July 14 for a chance to win.
Fans can get more information and to enter Call Your Shot. Aim for the Arch, as well as access Gold Ball Tickets on-line at www.sfcallyourshot.com starting today.
Gold Ball Prize Package:
— Grand Prizes (2): 3 day/2 night trip for the winner and one guest to attend the 2009 World Series
— First Prizes (100): MLB Authenticated Autographed Memorabilia
— Second Prizes (25): $100 MLB.com Gift Cards
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
About State Farm
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm’s 17,700 agents and 68,600 employees serve, 81 million policies and accounts – more than 78.7 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com(R) or in Canada statefarm.ca(R).
About Major League Baseball Properties
The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Club’s agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rights holders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.
SOURCE State Farm