Temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and the slight chance of rain were likely causes for the lackluster attendance at Saturday night’s Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game. But it didn’t stop the big-name athletes and celebs from coming out to Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, where the Red Socks beat up on the Black Socks, 21-9. Check out our slide show, which includes pictures of Mike Modano, Michael Irvin, DeMarcus Ware, Brenden Morrow, Jason Terry, Mark Cuban and others.
The event, which raises money for children’s charities, was kicked off with a 3 p.m. press conference, where team managers Wade Boggs (Red Socks) and Fred Lynn (Black Socks) traded jokes and jabs. Then players took part in a home-run derby, but no one was able to crank one out of the park.
The game began with the Black Socks scoring six runs in the first inning, highlighted by the announcer calling Kevin Bass (former MLB player) "Brandon Bass" (current Mav who was not in attendance) before he ripped a shot into right field to score a run. “Go Brandon!” the crowd screamed. Priceless.
Then the Red Socks came up, and Brian McRae (another former MLB player) lost the grip on his bat and it flew into the stands. Luckily, the woman who was sitting near where the bat ended up wasn’t harmed, and it was returned to her -- only after several players signed it.
The Red Socks, led by MVP Jason Terry, then went on to tie the game at six before finishing the game on a 15-3 run. Jet claims he didn’t do anything to prepare for the game.
From the beginning of the day, Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow were generous in spending their time with fans and signing autographs. Modano, who was told he’d be “the igniter” by manager Wade Boggs before the game, was the guy every other celeb and athlete wanted to talk to. Morrow exuded a quiet leadership that shows why he’s such a great captain for the Stars.
On the other hand, Michael Irvin showed up late, and when it came time for his first at-bat, he took at least five minutes walking up to the plate. After whiffing at a couple pitches, he lined a single, and, as he always does, over-celebrated by looking up to the sky and waiving his arms. And then he proceeded to grab Fred Lynn’s ass, which was just plain weird.
Then there was Mark Cuban, who looked awkward enough in a baseball uniform, but had to trick it up with a "$" as his number.
Like all Roughriders games, there were plenty of activities going on in between innings, including in-game interviews with DeMarcus Ware, Terry and Irvin. Ware and Terry, representing opposing teams, talked smack to each other and answered typical panic questions like: “Hey, Jason, what’s going on with the Mavs?” Terry’s response? “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Mark [Cuban] about that.” Great, great stuff.
Although the baseball was painful at times to watch, everyone certainly gave the crowd its money’s worth, and it will tack another significant amount onto the $1.2 million the event has raised to date. --Sam Merten
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