Fans enjoy Big Slick Celebrity Wiffle Ball Game at The K
Kansas City natives Rob Riggle and Paul Rudd hosted the Big Slick Celebrity Wiffle Ball Game prior to Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Both actors were captains of their respective teams, leading the squads to an 11-11 tie when the game’s time limit expired after three innings in Kauffman Stadium’s “Little K” ballpark.
Various actors, current and former professional athletes and local radio personalities took part in the contest that raised money for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and Jon Hamm of Mad Men were named the game’s Most Valuable Players after homering in both of their at-bats.
The first inning saw Riggle’s white squad plate six runs in a frame that was overshadowed by a mock bench-clearing brawl after 810 WHB’s Nate Bukaty was plunked by Rudd. After things calmed down, Cassel plated the first two runs of the game with his first blast over the left field wall, scoring Riggle.
For the blue squad, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt and Jon Hamm of Mad Men both homered in the bottom of the first inning, cutting the deficit.
Hall of Famer George Brett took two bats to the plate and promptly homered for the white squad in the top of the second inning.
His homer was answered in the bottom of the inning with a long ball from The Daily Show writer Rory Albanese and Hamm’s second round-tripper of the game.
Shortly thereafter, Cassel delivered his second homer, the game’s longest blast that cleared a tent beyond the left field wall. Fans shouted the Tomahawk Chop both times the quarterback rounded the bases.
With a one-run lead and the blue squad down to their final out, Fitzmorris and Brett elected to intentionally walk Dermot Mulroney to get to former Royal Joe Randa, but the former Friends actor had other plans. On the third pitch of the at-bat, the right-handed hitting Mulroney lunged across the plate and hit a game-tying solo homer over the left field wall.
Randa reached base, but was erased for the game’s final out on a fielder’s choice, concluding an eventful 45-minute contest.
The weekend lineup continues tomorrow with a celebrity poker tournament from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Harrah’s North Kansas City casino. A sponsor party will take place from 4:30 – 6 p.m., followed by a party and auction from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s. In last year’s inaugural Big Slick Weekend, over $120,000 was raised for Children’s Mercy, and this year’s goal is to match or surpass that amount.