Will Ferrell did a great thing for charity on Thursday by raising awareness for cancer research by playing in four spring training games, playing for numerous teams, including the Chicago White Sox, for his final game of the day.
Ferrell had an at-bat with the White Sox, striking out against Jean Machi, but he still managed to foul off one pitch during the at-bat. Later in the same inning, Ferrell was “traded” by the White Sox to the Giants, where he eventually caught four pitches on an intentional walk.
Mar 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Comedian and Chicago White Sox guest designated hitter Will Ferrell arrives at Camelback Ranch against the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
During warm-up pitches, Ferrell even caught a breaking ball.
In all, Ferrell played for the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in Cactus League play.
In games for the Angels and Diamondbacks, he even made plays in the outfield, and with the Cubs he showed a lot of his comedic side while coaching third base.
Again, this was just a fun day for baseball, all for serving a good cause.
A press release from Major League Baseball before the event read:
"“In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell will be at five different spring training ballparks in Arizona as production begins on a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field, and maybe some off the field, for ten different teams in the same day.”"
Besides raising money for cancer awareness, my favorite part of the day was Ferrell arriving by Penguin Air in centerfield to the music of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult … because we all need a little more cowbell in our lives.
Ferrell made his grand entrance wearing his second (but best) Chicago uniform of the day, and put on a show for the fans.
This was a great thing Ferrell and MLB did to help raise cancer research awareness, and I hope it raised or eventually raises a lot for the cause.
Proceeds from this endeavor will go to helping various cancer organizations, one being “Cancer for College.”