Highlights From The Perfect Game Cares Celebrity Game [GALLERY]
The first-ever Perfect Game Cares Celebrity softball game was played Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The rosters were filled with former MLB stars and ex NFL players. Bo Jackson and Trevor Hoffman were the team captains. Tim Dwight was shouting out advice from the dugout. I didn't feel like I quite fit in on this team of All-Stars. I think Bob James felt the same. But in the end, everyone had a chance to shine on the diamond.
To the pleasure of all players involved, a temporary outfield fence was set up in the outfield. That combined with the fact we used a 12-inch softball made home runs a little more likely, especially for the big hitters. It was fun to watch batter after batter jack balls over the fence. Cedar Rapids Kernels manager Brian Dinkelman hit three! KHAK's own Bob James had success too. He had at least one hit on the day and made a great snag playing third to record an out.
My day involved playing left field and praying that no one would hit it to me, and wondering when I should go up to the plate. I got my chance in the 5th inning. Coach Dwight and others helped me pick out the right bat, and the rest was up to the baseball gods. They were looking out for me Saturday. I saw one pitch, I swung once, and by some miracle, the ball landed over the fence. Home run. With my entire family in attendance, I hit a home run. I'm sorry but I couldn't stop smiling. I still can't.
The game and the kid's clinic beforehand wrapped up an amazing weekend. Kudos to Jennifer Ford and everyone at Perfect Game for the amazing event. Thank you for letting our stations be involved and letting a couple of radio DJs feel famous as athletes for once! We can not wait for 2020!