Will Ferrell to play in five spring training games in Arizona – all nine positions!
(AZFamily.com) PHOENIX, Ariz. – Comedian Will Ferrell will play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday.
He plans to play for all 10 teams involved.
HBO and Major League Baseball announced the stunt Wednesday.
Ferrell will travel to Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and Peoria via helicopter. The event will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special in conjunction with the Funny or Die website co-founded by Ferrell.
HBO said Ferrell is dedicating his special to fighting cancer. He also will honor Bert Campaneris’ feat of playing nine positions in a game five decades ago.
Starting times for four of the games were adjusted to make Ferrell’s barnstorming tour possible.
Memorabilia collected during Ferrell’s tour will be auctioned off at MLB.com, with proceeds going to College of Cancer and Stand Up to Cancer, according to HBO.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that “Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause.”
“We’re excited for the opportunity to participate as an organization to help generate funds and awareness for cancer charities,” said Padres Manager Bud Black. “I look forward to meeting Will and penciling him in to the lineup.”
“We are excited to see Will take the field for us,” said D-backs Manager Chip Hale. “We hear he’s been taking this seriously so we fully expect Major League caliber play from him while he’s in our uniform.”
Ferrell is to appear in the following games on March 12 (all times Pacific; subject to change)
12:05 pm. – Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
1:10 pm. – Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
2:10 pm. – Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
4:05 pm. – San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (ss) (Camelback Ranch)
6:15 pm. – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Sports Complex)