Kansas City - Take Me Out To The Ball Game

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Celebrities & athletes gather at Kauffman Stadium's Little K for a charity Whiffle Ball Game to support Kansas City Children's Mercy Hospital

 

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.

Everyone gets involved in mock bench-clearing brawl after radio personality Nate Bukaty was plunked on a pitch by Paul Rudd.

 

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

 

The Ballers:

 

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.

Jo & Lola (two gals on right in the first row) join fun-loving crowd in the wave. Everyone enjoyed the Celebrity Wiffle Ball Game at the Little K.

 

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.

Me, Lola & Jo in front of Ewing & Muriel Kauffman statue, beloved original KC Royals owners.

 

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.

 

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Me, Lola & Jo in front of Ewing &…
Jo & Lola ready for ballpark fun
Jo & Lola ready for ballpark fun
Enter near Little K ball field
Enter near Little K ball field
This is the place - the Little K
This is the place - the Little K
Players relax, tease each other
Players relax, tease each other
Rob Riggle & Paul Rudd share laughs
Rob Riggle & Paul Rudd share laughs
Lola checks out celebrities
Lola checks out celebrities
Actress Nia Vardalos & Rudd chat
Actress Nia Vardalos & Rudd chat
I sneak on field & take team photo
I sneak on field & take team photo
Even Sluggerrr shows up for fun
Even Sluggerrr shows up for fun
Rob Riggle introduced before game
Rob Riggle introduced before game
Kevin Pollak rounds bases for intro
Kevin Pollak rounds bases for intro
Matt Cassel hits 1st of 2 home runs
Matt Cassel hits 1st of 2 home runs
Riggle scrambles back to first base
Riggle scrambles back to first base
Brawl after batter hit by whiffle
Brawl after batter hit by whiffle
More fun than should be allowed
More fun than should be allowed
Now this is entertainment
Now this is entertainment
Al Fitzmorris greeted after homer
Al Fitzmorris greeted after homer
John Oliver clubs another home run
John Oliver clubs another home run
HOF George Brett grabs Rudds bat
HOF George Brett grabs Rudd's bat
George Brett glad to help blue team
George Brett glad to help blue team
Dustin Colquitt puts Blue on board
Dustin Colquitt puts Blue on board
John Hamm slugs 1st of 2 4-baggers
John Hamm slugs 1st of 2 4-baggers
Rob Riggle pounds out a hit
Rob Riggle pounds out a hit
George Brett & Rob Riggle high 5
George Brett & Rob Riggle "high 5"
George Brett pitches in relief
George Brett pitches in relief
Comedian Matt Walsh slides in safe
Comedian Matt Walsh slides in safe
Matt Cassel slugs 2nd of his 2 HRs
Matt Cassel slugs 2nd of his 2 HRs
Chiefs QB swats a big stick
Chiefs QB swats a big stick
George Brett - 2 bats better than 1
George Brett - 2 bats better than 1
Jo, Lola & crowd enjoy doing wave
Jo, Lola & crowd enjoy doing wave
Rudd huddles team - lets stop runs
Rudd huddles team - let's stop runs
Interesting path around bases
Interesting path around bases
Actress Andrea Savage makes contact
Actress Andrea Savage makes contact
Savage thrilled shes safe at first
Savage thrilled she's safe at first
Colquitt slides into 3rd base
Colquitt slides into 3rd base
White team huddles up-game on line
White team huddles up-game on line
Blue team hopes to rally back
Blue team hopes to rally back
Blue celebrates - game ends in tie
Blue celebrates - game ends in tie
Teams congratulate each other
Teams congratulate each other
Now time to explore stadium
Now time to explore stadium
Royals employee & I - fast friends
Royals employee & I - fast friends
Lots to see at the ball park
Lots to see at the ball park
Me, Lola & Jo take in sights
Me, Lola & Jo take in sights
Waterfall - KC known for fountains
Waterfall - KC known for fountains
Rain forecast - but weather perfect
Rain forecast - but weather perfect
Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame
Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame
Jerseys of young baseball prospects
Jerseys of young baseball prospects
Bo Jackson - 2 sport all-star
Bo Jackson - 2 sport all-star
Stadium starting to fill up
Stadium starting to fill up
Everyone loves bobble-heads
Everyone loves bobble-heads
Now thats what I call a baseball
Now that's what I call a baseball
George Brett - most famous KC Royal
George Brett - most famous KC Royal
KC Royals Hall of Fame plaques
KC Royals Hall of Fame plaques
More Hall of Fame honorees
More Hall of Fame honorees
If you display it, they will buy
If you display it, they will buy
1985 Royals vs. Cardinals ticket
1985 Royals vs. Cardinals ticket
Baseball field from our seats
Baseball field from our seats
Gal sings National Anthem
Gal sings National Anthem
What a great night for baseball
What a great night for baseball
Many Cub fans drive in from Chicago
Many Cub fans drive in from Chicago
As night comes in, lights take over
As night comes in, lights take over
Jo & Lola root, root, root for KC
Jo & Lola root, root, root for KC
We witness a close, exciting game
We witness a close, exciting game
State-of-the-art scoreboard
State-of-the-art scoreboard
Attendance 32,800 - great crowd
Attendance 32,800 - great crowd
9th inning comeback falls short
9th inning comeback falls short
Cub fans celebrate victory, 6-4
Cub fans celebrate victory, 6-4
After game, fireworks Friday
After game, fireworks Friday
Let the sensational show begin
Let the sensational show begin
KC shoots fireworks on Friday games
KC shoots fireworks on Friday games
Wide variety of explosions
Wide variety of explosions
Non-stop action
Non-stop action
Bursts light up the night sky
Bursts light up the night sky
Fireworks finale
Fireworks finale
Next, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar
Next, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar
Friday night fun in Westport
Friday night fun in Westport
Everyone loves to sing/mug for shot
Everyone loves to sing/mug for shot
Like in baseball, love triple plays
Like in baseball, love triple plays
Bartenders fire up crowd
Bartenders fire up crowd
Gals happy to humor old man, me
Gals happy to humor old man, me
Time to call it a night
Time to call it a night