Kansas City - Take Me Out To The Ball Game
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KANSAS CITY - TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
Lola (itslola), Joanne (jo2travel) and I went to Kauffman Stadium and enjoyed:
5:30 p.m. - Celebrity Whiffle Ball Game
7:10 p.m. - Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs
Afterwards - Fireworks Friday
Then, we headed to Westport and had a blast at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar.
BIG SLICK CELEBRITY WHIFFLE BALL GAME
Kansas City natives Rob Riggle and Paul Rudd hosted the Big Slick Celebrity Whiffle Ball Game prior to Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs.
Riggle and Rudd were captains of their respective teams, leading the squads to an 11-11 tie when the game’s time limit expired after three innings in Kauffman Stadium’s "Little K" ballpark.
Various actors, current and former professional athletes and local radio personalities took part in the contest that raised money for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and Jon Hamm of Mad Men were named the game’s Most Valuable Players after homering in both of their at-bats.
Some of the Celebrities:
Rob Riggle - Comedian, actor & writer from Overland Park, Kansas
The Hangover, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Office, Talladega Nights
Paul Rudd - Comedian & actor from Lenexa, Kansas
Anchorman, Knocked Up, I Love You Man, Clueless, Our Idiot Brother
Jason Sudeikis - Comedian & actor from Overland Park, Kansas
Saturday Night Live, The Bounty Hunter, What Happens In Vegas, Horrible Bosses
Jon Hamm - Actor & producer from St Louis, Missouri
Mad Men, 30 Rock, The Town, The A-Team, Bridesmaids
David Koechner - Actor, writer & producer from Missouri
Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Thank You For Smoking, The Office
Kevin Pollak - Actor, producer & writer
A Few Good Men, Avalon, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Horatio Sanz - Actor & writer
Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Year One, Step Brothers
John Oliver - Writer, actor & producer
The Daily Show, Community
Nia Vardalos - Actress & writer
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Larry Crowne
Andrea Savage - Actress, writer & producer
Dinner For Schmucks, Step Brothers
George Brett - KC Royals Alum, Hall Of Famer
John Wathan - KC Royals Alum, Former Royals Manager
Al Fitzmorris - KC Royals Alum
Joe Randa - KC Royals Alum
Matt Cassel - Current KC Chiefs Quarterback
Dustin Colquitt - Current KC Chiefs Punter
The first inning saw Riggle's white squad score six runs in a frame that was overshadowed by a mock bench-clearing brawl after 810 WHB's Nate Bukaty was plunked on a pitch by Rudd.
After the craziness calmed down, Cassel plated the first two runs of the game with his first blast over the left field wall, scoring Riggle. Former Royals pitcher Al Fitzmorrisw added the second two-run homer, while John Oliver of the Daily Show rounded out the scoring with another 4-bagger.
For the Blue Squad, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt and Jon Hamm of Mad Men both homered in the bottom of the first inning, cutting the deficit.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett ticked and thrilld the crowd by bringing two bats to the plate and promptly homering for the white squad in the top of the second inning.
The blue team answered in the bottom of the inning with a long ball from The Daily Show writer Rory Albanese and Hamm's second round-tripper of the game.
Shortly thereafter, Cassel delivered his second homer, the game’s longest blast, that cleared a tent beyond the left field wall. Fans saluted with the Tomahawk Chop both times the quarterback rounded the bases.
With a one-run lead and the blue squad down to their final out, Fitzmorris and Brett elected to intentionally walk Dermot Mulroney to get to former Royal Joe Randa, but the former Friends actor had other plans.
On the third pitch of the at-bat, the right-handed hitting Mulroney lunged across the plate and hit a game-tying solo homer over the left field wall.
Randa reached base, but was erased for the game’s final out on a fielder’s choice, concluding an eventful 45-minute contest.
The weekend lineup continues with a celebrity poker tournament and auction. Last year’s inaugural Big Slick Weekend raised over $120,000 for Children’s Mercy Hospital. This year’s goal is to surpass that amount.