MLB Celebrity Softball Game 2012: Start Time, Rosters, TV Info and More
It's the real main event of the MLB All-Star break, the game that everyone waits for, the game that means something: the celebrity All-Star game.
This is the only time we get to see Sam from Glee and Donald Draper square off on a baseball diamond—or possibly team up. This is the only time we get to see Jennie Finch back on the mound. This is the only time we get to see Mike Delfino alive and well again.
We also get to see Matt Cassel take a swing at another sport, and we'll get to see the likes of George Brett, Andre Dawson, Bo Jackson and Ozzie Smith back in action.
The celebrity All-Star softball game makes magic happen.
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2012
TV: ESPN, Monday, July 9, following the Home Run Derby (tape delay). The Derby takes place at 8 p.m. and should be over by approximately 10:30 p.m. ET.
Live Stream: ESPN3
All-Stars to Watch
Brett is currently the only member of the MLB Hall of Fame representing the Royals, so his presence during the game will be particularly exciting for the hometown fans. He spent the entirety of his 21-year career with Kansas City, and in 1980 he won the batting title after hitting .390, the highest average in baseball since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.
Brett will also serve as the grand marshal at the All-Star parade before this year's game.
Not only will it be exciting to see Brett's No. 5 back on the field in Kansas City again, but it will also be interesting to see how he and fellow All-Star participant Dave Winfield react to being on the field together again. Both of them were involved in the pine tar incident back in 1983: The Royals were facing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium and were down 4-3 when Brett hit a two-run homer, only to have it nullified because umpires ruled that the amount of tar on his bat exceeded the lawful amount.
The Royals fought back, however, and the AL president allowed them to restart the game versus the Yankees as though Brett's homer counted.
The Royals won 5-4.
The American Idol Alums
Season 7 American Idol winner David Cook will take the field at Kauffman Stadium not to sing the National Anthem, but instead actually to play. It's a dream come true for the lifelong Royals fan.
Cook told MLB.com's Mark Newman:
Music's been in my blood for a long time, but I grew up playing sports. I was a baseball kid. Then, when physical limitations decided to present themselves, the guitar was there.
Cook also worked at the Stadium Club prior to auditioning for American Idol.
Also participating will be Season 10 second-runner-up Haley Reinhart, a Chicago native and White Sox fan who played softball for two years in high school. According to MLB.com, her favorite players include Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas and A.J. Pierzynski.
Full List of Participants (You can find bios here.)
David Cook (American Idol)
David Nail (Country music star)
Bill Self (Kansas men's basketball coach)
Jennie Finch (Former softball Olympian)
Carlos Bocanegra (Captain of the U.S. soccer team)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Haley Reinhart (American Idol)
Matt Cassel (Chiefs quarterback)
James Denton (Former Desperate Housewives star)
Jon "Bones" Jones (UFC star)
Paul Dimeo (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
Chord Overstreet (Glee star)
Horatio Sanz (Former SNL cast member)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men star)
Saul Bosquez (Wounded Warrior)
Matt Kinsey (Wounded Warrior)
Chrissy Teigen (Model)
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