Updated 09/18/2012 05:39 AM
Local man wins MLB legends contest
A local man won a national competition that could bring two teams of Major League Baseball Hall of Famers and legends to Rochester. As YNN's Christina Noce explains, Johnny Perotti, the winner of Pepsi Max's Field of Dreams Contest, hopes to share his once in a lifetime experience with his hometown.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Baseball fans across the country competed for the chance to play against some of the greatest players of all time. Johnny Perotti, 26, admits it was a shot in the dark, based solely on luck, but figured someone had to win, and it could be him.
"I never imagined I'd be the person picked," said Perotti.
Perotti's name, along with Stephen Katchmark of Washington, D.C., were picked at random. The second part of the contest was to gain the most votes, and the winner brings the game to their hometown.
Perotti said his field at East Rochester High School holds a lot of good memories from when he was younger, from the first time he hit a pinch home run. He believes that coming from a smaller city than his Washington, D.C. competitor, is what helped him gain more support, and more votes.
Friday, Pepsi Max announced Perotti had won the contest with more than 200,000 votes. He couldn't tell anyone about the win until Monday.
"I wanted to run around, but I was at work at my desk, and I'm not allowed to get calls at my desk, I had to kind of play it off and not say anything," Perotti explained.
Perotti will play on the Field of Dreams American League with five of his closest friends, and family alongside the legends he handpicked. His competitor will bring five friends and legends from the National League.
"It's incredible, I'm playing with people my dad grew up watching, people I heard about, but never got the chance to play," exclaimed Perotti.
The game must be played within 100 miles of his hometown. Perotti has his fingers crossed for Rochester. Dan Mason, Frontier Field General Manager, said he has not heard from Pepsi, but would love to host the game. Pepsi Max has yet to schedule a date, so for now, Perotti and his team are brushing up on their skills.
"The other guy has Randy Johnson as his pitcher, so I don't know how that's gonna work out, hopefully he throws underhanders, because a 95 isn't gonna do me any good," added Perotti.