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You probably already heard about Will Ferrell‘s intentions to play all 10 positions for 10 different MLB teams during Cactus League play in Arizona. On Thursday, he did it. Kinda.
I’ll explain what I mean by “Kinda” at the end. For now, I’ll take you on a quick journey through #FerrellTakesTheField.
It started at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona, where the Oakland Athletics were hosting the Seattle Mariners. It was all business upon arrival for the man of the day:
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After passing his physical…
…he took some BP…
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…before making his debut at shortstop for the Oakland Athletics:
After a brief stint with the A’s, Ferrell was acquired by the Mariners in a trade. So he packed his things and headed to the dugout on the other side of the field:
Then it was off to Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, where Ferrell replaced Mike Trout in center field for the Los Angeles Angels. He got some action out there, too, fielding a line drive base hit and holding Wellington Castillo to a single:
Despite that solid performance, Ferrell was still shipped to the Chicago Cubs for a washing machine:
So he made his way to the other side of the field, where he took over as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs…
…before being inserted as a pinch hitter and getting a crack at the plate:
Down in three pitches. Its probably a good thing too, because he was in a rush to get to Salt River Fields near Scottsdale, where the Cincinnati Reds were visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks.
First it was a trip to left field for the D-Backs, where Ferrell was forced into action on a couple of occasions:
Then, you guessed it, another trade. This time to the Reds, obviously:
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After playing the eighth, he hopped in the chopper and headed to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, where he’d get another chance at the plate, this time as a member of the Chicago White Sox. He made contact this time around, but it was a foul ball:
After striking out, he went from being at the plate, to being behind it, as catcher of the San Francisco Giants:
Sadly, he was only out there for an intentional walk before getting yanked from the game by Bruce Bochy. I sure would have liked to see him take a shot at throwing out the runner at first.
Last on the list was the Peoria Sports Complex for a game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a surprise move, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called for a righty from the bullpen, and out came Ferrell. Rico Noel was the only batter he faced, and he retired him with one pitch:
Finally, it was off to the Padres’ dugout, where he’d be assigned a spot in left field for his tenth team of the day. After that, Will Ferrell took a moment to address the crowd:
There you have it. Ten different teams. Five ballparks. Four opportunities to field the ball. Two strikeouts. One heck of a day.
So why the “Kinda” at the beginning? Because he never played first base during any of his ten stops. (He pinch/designated hit twice, for the Cubs and White Sox.)
But it was all for charity—they’ve already raised close to $1-million, and several items are set to be auctioned off at MLB.com with proceeds going to Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer for College. So who cares if he missed one position? This was still awesome stuff from a man who has provided us with plenty of awesome stuff over the years.
Thank you, Will Ferrell. Please never stop being awesome.
Hat Tip – [Cut4]