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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hamm, Peterson on initial ASG softball rosters

If the MST3K Robots aren’t present, it’s not a real Minnesota Celebrity Softball Game…

On Thursday morning, MLB announced the first wave of participants for the July 13 game at Target Field. They include Jack Morris and Jim Thome; Minnesota pro sports stars Adrian Peterson of the Vikings, Zach Parise of the Wild, Kevin Love of the Wolves and Maya Moore of the Lynx; Jon Hamm from the hit TV show “Mad Men” and the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm” that hits theaters starting Friday; and Minnesota residents and TV personalities Andrew Zimmern and James Denton.

These participants will take the field alongside additional stars from music, TV and sports, announced at a later date along with other baseball legends. The game will immediately follow the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on that Sunday before the Midsummer Classic and will air on ESPN immediately following the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 14.

Gamingboy Posted: May 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:45 AM (#4707989)
They could have at least invited Paul Westerberg.
   2. Greg K Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:45 AM (#4707990)
Always my favourite part of the All-Star game. They don't seem to televize it in Canada anymore though.
   3. DL from MN Posted: May 16, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4708019)
Westerberg is getting older. We want Craig Finn.
   4. 'zop is not an $88 player Posted: May 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4708022)
They say Jon Hamm has a million dollar arm and its not the one he throws with if you get my meaning.
   5. Publius Publicola Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4708035)
I thought it would be Mia Hamm.
   6. bunyon Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4708039)
They don't just say it, zop. There are pictures.
   7. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4708042)
Save it for the Wrigley Field is a sex toy thread.
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4708046)
Can't wait to miss it!
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4708049)
I went to the Future Game in 2012 and had tix for the celeb game and planned to leave...but it ended up being a lot of fun to watch.

Hamm has legit power. Denton tries too hard, but is a gamer. Zimmern will eat horse testicles.
   10. spycake Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4708148)
They could have at least invited Paul Westerberg.

He's actually a youth baseball coach here in Minneapolis. I've spotted him at a few neighborhood games.
   11. BDC Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4708150)
I guess Gleeman is banned over that podcast issue?
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4708153)
I'll watch if they get Prince Fielder to pitch to Prince.
   13. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4708171)
Hamm has legit power.
That's what she said.
   14. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4708181)
If I ever become a D or C list celebrity I really want to finagle my way into one of these. They're dumb fun.
   15. DL from MN Posted: May 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4708271)
Westerberg is playing Midway Stadium in September. Maybe they can set up a softball game too. I once watched John Denver play a celebrity softball game before one of his concerts. He looked like he'd played some little league.
   16. Rough Carrigan Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4708314)
I hope Chris Rock doesn't humiliate himself by participating. I saw a bit of some celebrity game once and he struck out twice.
   17. Bhaakon Posted: May 17, 2014 at 05:22 AM (#4708628)
This reminds me of the time I went to see the futures game and left before the celebrity softball game, much to the shock of the ushers. Apparently it was considered the larger draw of that day's double header.
   18. bobm Posted: May 17, 2014 at 05:39 AM (#4708630)
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10935566/million-dollar-arm-remarkable-journeys-rinku-singh-dinesh-patel

Rinku Singh was a humble farm boy growing up in anonymity in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India when his life took a dramatic twist through a combination of fate, athletic skill and American ingenuity and glitz.

Six years ago, Singh threw a baseball 87 mph in a "Million Dollar Arm" contest to win $100,000 and a trip to the United States to pursue a professional career as a pitcher. He signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and dutifully worked his way through the minors while embracing numerous American traditions. Singh developed a fondness for pizza and pancakes with caramelized banana on the bottom, learned English by watching Stephen King movies and "Baseball Tonight," and bonded with teammates through shared goals and lengthy minor league bus rides.

Last summer, Singh experienced another ritual that's become increasingly more commonplace among young American and Latino males in his new profession: He underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

Like Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and so many other All-Stars/household names, Singh is dealing with the emotional and physical fallout of an ulnar collateral ligament tear. He'll spend this summer rehabbing in an effort to return to the playing field in 2015. That's his ultimate goal, even as he attends movie screenings, fields interview requests and hangs out with Jon Hamm, the Hollywood star and devout St. Louis Cardinals fan.
   19. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: May 17, 2014 at 08:08 AM (#4708642)
If anybody can grind out 12 innings of slow pitch softball, it will be Jack Morris.
   20. alkeiper Posted: May 17, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4708956)
Last year's celebrity softball game gave me the opportunity to see Belle & Sebastian AND Mike Piazza in the span of a week.

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