'Hall of Fame Feud' a rousing success
Citizens challenge legends in version of popular game show
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- You can take Hall of Famers out of the game, but you can't take the game out of Hall of Famers.
The Connecting Generations event Saturday afternoon, titled "Hall of Fame Feud" because of the Family Feud-style contest, had a friendly nature, and four Hall of Famers were often huddling and strategizing at the Clark Sports Center here.
A crowd of about 700 saw George Brett, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter and Don Sutton compete against three groups to accumulate the most answers to baseball-related questions.
Hosted by ESPN's Brian Kenny, the event featured the Arnone family from Granby, Conn., and the Larsen family from Nassau Bay, Tex. A third group consisted of four people from the New York and New Jersey area. The Hall of Famers won two of the three rounds.
It was a funny affair, too, with questions about what surveys said were the most popular active player for fans and who the fans' favorite Hall of Famers were. Brett came in second place, and it seemed an acceptable answer, like Kenny had hoped.
"I've been watching that tape all week," Kenny said, referring to the 25th anniversary of the a game in which Brett rushed an umpire who discounted a home run because of too much pine tar on Brett's bat.
One group was asked to name the most popular third baseman, and when it couldn't come up with more than four -- it needed five -- Adam Brown, wearing a Yankees T-shirt, tossed his microphone up when the Hall of Famers countered with Wade Boggs, a former Yankee. Still, Brown enjoyed himself.
"I had a blast," Brown said. "You're in awe of them. You're sitting that close to greatness."
The "feud" segment was followed by a question-and-answer session. Kim Borland of Wilkes-Barre, Penn., asked Sutton what he thought of umpires giving team benches warnings after an intentional hit batter. Sutton didn't like the rule, and Borland agreed.
"I loved it," Borland said. "What strikes me is how bright they are and how quick-witted they are."
Willie Bans is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.