Will Ferrell to play all nine positions in various Cactus League games on Thursday

52 Comments

Spring training results really aren’t worth looking into. And sometimes they’re even less worth looking into than that:

Is it wrong of me to note that Ferrell has been far more interesting in the small handful of dramatic or semi-dramatic roles he’s had in the past decade than anything funny he’s done? Even if he’s still capable of making you laugh sometimes?

Which isn’t to say he shouldn’t do this. He’s got a lot of goodwill in the bank and can kind of do whatever he wants. I just happen to think that there’s room for more than one Bill Murray these days and that if Ferrell wanted to spend some time doing some acting instead of farting around, I’d be all for it.

Oh, whatever. If he does this, I’ll be fine with it:

 

UPDATE: Major League Baseball has issued a press release about it. It’s part of a promotion for an HBO/Funny or Die special which is aimed at honoring Bert Campaneris, who once played all nine positions in a game, and is dedicated to cancer charities. And Major League Baseball has no problem with it. Rob Manfred:

“Spring Training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer. Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball – among our clubs, players and our millions of fans – are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause.”

Ferrell will be playing in the following games as part of the special:

March 12 (all times Pacific; subject to change)

  • 12:05 p.m.      Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
  • 1:10 p.m.        Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
  • 2:10 p.m.        Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
  • 4:05 p.m.        San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)
  • 6:15 p.m.        Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

I’ll be at the Peoria game at least, and may be at one of the day games so if anything fun happens I’ll post about it.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

albert pujols
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
6 Comments

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).