Thursday, March 12, 2015

Welcome to the Blue, Will Ferrell!

Things are getting a little goofy around here!

Spring isn't just about practice and getting prepared for the long season.  No way!  It's also about having some fun.  And if you can tie in a great cause like fighting cancer then all the better.

(Fantasy card via @Dodgers on twitter)
As a part of HBO's "Funny or Die" series, Will Ferrell will traverse the desert landscape of Arizona's Cactus League to play every position on the field (including DH) for every team playing.  So that's ten positions for ten teams on one day.

That's awesome... And amazing... And considering how bad traffic is throughout the Phoenix area, it's an unbelievable task.  Have no fears, though, he'll be traveling to and fro with the help of an helicopter; which I suspect will supply endless opportunities for him to make a grand entrance.

The spectacle is in honor of Bert "Campy" Campaneris, who achieved the same feat some five decades ago, and as I said above the event will also assist organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College and Stand Up To Cancer.  A large part of the fund raising effort will be an auction of game-used memorabilia from his journey that will be auctioned at later this year.  I'll be sure to highlight this when it is available to view.

Below is a schedule of his planned appearances:
12:05 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
1:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
2:10 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
4:05 p.m. - San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (ss) (Camelback Ranch)
6:15 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)
BTW, you can follow the entire thing on twitter by following the hashtag: #ferrelltakesthefield.  Also, the Dodger game, that was originally scheduled for the early afternoon, will be televised on the MLB Network for all to see. 

There's no word yet on what position Ferrell will play for the Dodgers, but I'm hoping he pitches.  His bit a few years back as minor league journeyman pitcher Rojo Johnson was priceless.  Check out my little story about that here (including video).

In celebration of Ferrell's arrival to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photo taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013 during the 2013 NLCS against the Cardinals and the 1974 Topps Baseball card design.  Also, MLB made their own fantasy card that you can see above (on the right side).

On a side note, it's about 10:00 AM right now and Ferrell is already in character for the day.  He has been seen at HoHoKam Stadium in an A's uniform.  Check out a pic tweeted out below:

UPDATE:  Here's a video about the day Bert Campaneris did it in 1965.

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