07/09/2004 7:55 PM ET
Fans posing for FotoFest
Get your picture taken with the World Series trophy
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Thousands of baseball fans are walking out of the George R. Brown Convention Center loaded with souvenirs from the John Hancock All-Star FanFest that began here on Friday. Now, MLB.com is providing yet another way for those fans to commemorate the one-of-a-kind experience.
Whether it is posing beside the World Series trophy or mugging with an available baseball personality such as Astros owner Drayton McLane, visitors can have their pictures taken at the MLB.com exhibit booth/studio inside the FanFest each day through Tuesday. They will then have the option to order the images in various formats.
FanFoto photographers at the MLB.com booth are wearing red T-shirts so you can easily identify them. After taking your picture, they will then give you a card, on the back of which is a gallery number, to help you locate your photos on the gallery at www.mlb.com/fanfest. Select your photo(s) from among the other thumbnails on the page. After selecting your image, you can then order a number of picture presentations such as coffee mugs, T-shirts, prints (5x7 and 8x12), wallet photos, mousepads and -- perhaps best of all -- a commemorative, personalized version of the MLB.com homepage with your photo as the main visual at the top.
The MLB.com booth is situated next to the exhibit of Major League Baseball trophies, which includes the World Series trophy and the Arch Ward Trophy that goes to the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player, chosen at the end of each All-Star Game. One of the most popular FanFoto selections so far is standing beside the World Series trophy, a replica version that you can touch to get a sense of what it is like to hold the real thing during a World Series championship celebration.
"It's a value-add to the whole FanFest experience," said Ron Bumgarner, director of the Fenway Sports Group that runs FanFoto. The company partnered with Major League Baseball Advanced Media to provide this capability. "They can commemorate their time at this event with a great souvenir once they return home. It has been 100 percent positive reaction so far from the fans who have [experienced] this."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.