Twitter Reaction, Highlights of 2013 MLB Legends and Celebrity Softball Game

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Twitter Reaction, Highlights of 2013 MLB Legends and Celebrity Softball Game
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jennie Finch pitching for the National League squad.

A diverse group of former athletes and famous personalities gathered at Citi Field on Sunday night for the 2013 MLB Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. The friendly banter, highlights, heart-warming moments and Twitter reaction resonate much more than the final score (NL 8, AL 5).

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Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson and Ozzie Smith all participated, as did probable future inductees like Mike Piazza and Frank Thomas. Actors/comedians Kevin James and George Lopez, Mallory Hagan (Miss America 2013), Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch and Wounded Warrior Amputee softball player Josh Wege also took the field for the ninth edition of the event. Here's the full list of American and National League competitors.

ESPN will air it on Monday following the conclusion of the Home Run Derby.

Thankfully, we don't have to wait until then to relive the entertaining exhibition. Thousands of people filled the stadium and used various forms of social media to share the experience.

Jon Dube of CBS Fantasy Sports snapped a pregame photo of the downsized playing field:

CBS Sports baseball blogger Mike Axisa gives us a better idea of the huge turnout:

New York Mets fan Alex Peters provides an even broader perspective:

This footage from MLB.com's Andrew Harts shows that Mets legend Mike Piazza was warmly received:

Once the game got underway, fans in attendance made the rest of us jealous by raving about the National League's Jennie Finch. She was extremely successful as a star pitcher on the USA national softball team during the 2000s:

On this big stage, however, she made a few mistakes over the middle of the plate:

The Senior Circuit would answer in dramatic fashion, according to Andrew Harts:

Ultimately, war veteran Josh Wege stole the show. Playing on two prosthetic legs, he accomplished more in a few innings than many of us will in our entire athletic careers.

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Ted Berg of USA Today was thoroughly impressed:

Others were also in awe:

Wege's heroics put the NL team ahead for good. In a role reversal, Bernie Williams popped up to Piazza to end the game, tweets Andrew Schwartz:

For the full play-by-play account, see David Cancel:

 

Ely Sussman covers all things baseball-related for Bleacher Report, from trade rumors and bold predictions to historical lists and exclusive interviews. He's on Twitter and in need of more sexy followers like you.

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