Actor Will Ferrell To Play In Dodgers-Padres Game, Among Others
UPDATE (March 11, 7:30 p.m. PT): Will Ferrell now appears on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ active roster, listed as a utility man:
Entering Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers played to a tie in two consecutive games and in three of their last four Cactus League contests. On Thursday, the Dodgers will face Matt Kemp and the San Diego Padres for the first time this spring in a game that will draw added attention for reasons outside of baseball.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, actor and comedian Will Ferrell is going to play all nine positions in Thursday’s Cactus League games:
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell plans to play all nine positions in Cactus League games Thursday, shuttled by helicopter to different parks.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 10, 2015
As more details were made available, it was announced Ferrell will play a total of 10 positions across five Cactus League games. His day will begin at the Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics game, and conclude when the Dodgers face the Padres, moved from a 1:05 p.m. PT start to 6:15 p.m. PT, at Peoria Sports Complex.
Thursday’s appearances are in conjunction with a special HBO is filming that is dedicated to fighting cancer and raising cancer awareness. Earlier in the year, Ferrell filmed a scene for Daddy’s Home at a New Orleans Pelicans game in which he threw a basketball at a Pelicans cheerleader.
As for previous baseball stunts, the Hollywood actor was ejected after throwing one pitch in a Minor League game back in 2010 and had a pizza delivered to him prior to throwing out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game in 2012.
In terms of on-the-field product, Hyun-Jin Ryu and James Shields will take the mound for their respective teams under the lights at Peoria Sports Complex.
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“actor and comedian Will Ferrell”
Comedian huh? Maybe comedic actor…not so much comedian.