This is a pretty cool thing Major League Baseball, the Chicago White Sox and actor/comedian Will Ferrell are doing for cancer awareness.
According to a report (via Twitter) by Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, Ferrell will play in all nine positions in eight Cactus League games on Thursday, including a game involving the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants.
Here are the tweets from Nightengale:
In a staff report by CSNChicago.com, they wrote the following about Ferrell playing for the White Sox:
"“Yes, that’s when actor and comedian Will Ferrell will suit up for the White Sox as the South Siders square off against the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League Play.”"
This is a unique way to raise awareness for cancer research, but it is already raising plenty of awareness, and the event hasn’t even happened yet. This will be part of an HBO special by MLB and HBO for cancer awareness.
Maybe Ferrell can become part of the second base battle currently going on in White Sox camp, or possibly he can take Chris Sale’s spot in the starting rotation for a day. (Just kidding.)
In all seriousness, raising awareness for cancer research is a good thing, and let’s all hope this event helps raise lots of fund to help find a cure, because even though it is a “stunt,” as it has been described, it is working to raise awareness and not a pitch has been thrown yet.
Baseball is fun, and Thursday will not just be a unique day for the sport, but it will be a fun (though serious) moment in spring training all for a great cause.