One of the most entertaining aspects of MLB All-Star weekend has long been the Celebrity Softball Game. With sports legends and entertainment standouts all taking center stage, we're often presented with a memorable evening of laughs and surprising production.
In 2013, it was the National League that won 8-5 over the American League legends and celebrities.
In a game highlighted by the likes of Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Andre Dawson and Rollie Fingers, the star power was certainly present. Throw in future Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas and Bernie Williams and you have yourself an event worth watching.
And we haven't even gotten to the celebrities.
If you can fit three legends in four seats, you have an event worth watching.
Notable entertainers in this year's event included Chris Rock, Kevin James, George Lopez and Ashanti. In the end, however, only one of these teams were left smiling.
So how did it all transpire?
Craig Carton (Radio Personality)
Bernie Williams (MLB)
Rollie Fingers (MLB)
Rickey Henderson (MLB)
Frank Thomas (MLB)
Fred Lynn (MLB)
Chord Overstreet (Actor)
James Denton (Actor)
A.J. Calloway (TV Personality)
Gary Valentine (Actor/Comedian)
Mallory Hagan (Miss America)
Boomer Esiason (NFL/Radio Personality)
John Franco (MLB)
Jennie Finch (Softball Player)
Mike Piazza (MLB)
Darryl Strawberry (MLB)
Ozzie Smith (MLB)
Dwight Gooden (MLB)
Andre Dawson (MLB)
Josh Wege (Wounded Warrior)
Chris Rock (Actor/Comedian)
Kevin James (Actor/Comedian)
George Lopez (Actor/Comedian)
National League Wins
The National League held down Citi Field, defeating the AL by a score of 8-5. With Jennie Finch pitching and Andre Dawson at the plate, it seemed as if the NL was an untouchable force.
As every New York Mets fan expected, however, it was Mike Piazza who flashed his bat.
Power. Raw power.
Piazza wasn't alone in his contributions, as a cast of strong players helped the NL pick up the W. While former Mets stars and notable celebrities may have brought back memories of glory, there was one individual who stood out above the rest.
Wege is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, standing on two prosthetic legs. That didn't stop Wege from stealing the show, dominating the Celebrity Softball Game and even coming up with a home run.
A home run that served as what was easily the best moment of the evening.
Josh Wege, a veteran playing with two prosthetic legs, plates Andre Dawson with a homer. He's way, way better at softball than Ashanti.— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) July 14, 2013
A marvelous display of heart in a city built by a relentless will to survive.
There's no question that Wege stole the show, but when it was all done, it was the National League that swiped the victory. While the outcome was hardly the focus of this event, this could be a sign of things to come.
If nothing else, it was an excellent evening or Mets fans.
Former Mets Take Center Stage
The 2013 Celebrity Softball Game was highlighted by countless players who once donned a New York Mets jersey. From future Hall of Famers to former Mets phenoms, there was no shortage of New York star power at Citi Field.
Kevin James rejoiced.
Every Mets fan in attendance shared the excitement.
John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Mike Piazza and Darryl Strawberry all took New York by storm during their playing days, dominating the field for the Mets. Each have a case to make for the Hall of Fame and all were given a warm reception from those in attendance.
Perhaps no one was as happy to be at Citi Field as Strawberry.
All Mets fans can agree that it was great to see the former New York legends back together again.
In the end, the Mets reunion came with a victory, as the National League defeated the AL by a score of 8-5. While it may not be a World Series ring, it's a great moment for Mets fans to reminisce and enjoy the return of some of their greatest stars.
Just another great night of baseball in New York City.