Associated Press photo
PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Ferrell pitched for the Dodgers today.
I already wrote about that here, but the sentence bears repeating. It’s not every day I get to write that.
Still, lest we forget, Garth Brooks got a total of 46 at-bats in spring training for the Padres (1998/99), Mets (2000) and Royals (2004). Kevin Costner went 0-for-3, scored a run and committed an error in a 2002 game for the San Bernardino Stampede against the Seattle Mariners. Billy Crystal batted leadoff for the Yankees in a 2008 spring game (against Paul Maholm). Tom Selleck got one spring at-bat in 1991 for the Tigers as he prepared for his role in Mr. Baseball. And Chad Gaudin pitched to Tom Verducci once. I talked to Gaudin about that after the game. I’ll share his thoughts here tomorrow.
Here’s what else happened today:
Will Ferrell’s Dodgers career ended after one batter Thursday with a perfect 0.00 ERA. (Associated Press photo)
PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Ferrell’s entrance into Thursday’s game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres would have been a spectacle no matter what. When Ferrell cut through the stands wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform — as Yasiel Puig stepped into the batter’s box in the sixth inning — the announced crowd of 10,218 responded with a rousing chorus of boos.
For once, the boos weren’t for Puig. They were for the tall, old guy wearing the uniform of a National League West rival.
In case you’ve managed to ignore the last two days’ worth of baseball news, Ferrell played in five different Cactus League games Thursday. He helicoptered into the Peoria Sports Complex from Camelback Ranch, where he had just strapped on the catcher’s gear for the Giants.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Ferrell is scheduled to pitch an inning for the Dodgers tonight and play an inning in right field for the San Diego Padres. He isn’t in the starting lineup for either team. Right now, he’s playing for the Cubs in Tempe.
It appears that Ferrell will take over for Matt Kemp, who is starting in right field for the Padres.
Update: Ferrell will pitch no earlier than the sixth inning for the Dodgers.
Here are the lineups for the 6:15 p.m. game: