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The monotony of Spring Training baseball took a break yesterday as Will Ferrell commandeered the Cactus League to play 10 positions for 10 teams in an effort to raise money for cancer awareness.
Fans who want to relive the entire day can wait for the HBO/Funny or Die special that Ferrell filmed during his adventure, but for now, you can gaze upon the above video for a few highlights from Ron Burgundy’s brief professional baseball career.
As for the stat line: Ferrell went 0-2, striking out once for the Cubs as their first baseman and once for the White Sox as their DH. In the field, he saw some light action in left field for the Diamondbacks and in center for the Angels, skillfully fielded his position as a pitcher for the Dodgers where he worked one third of an inning, and caught for the Giants. Ferrell put in some time at third base coach for the Cubs, played second for the Mariners, shortstop for the Athletics in honor of Bert Campaneris (the first man to play all nine positions in one game), third for the Reds, and closed out the night playing in right field for the Padres to honor the late Tony Gwynn.
Ferrell didn’t just go from clubhouse to clubhouse freely, though. The actor/comedian/super-utility man had to be traded from spot to spot, creating some of the most interesting transactions in baseball history.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 12, 2015
Proceeds from Thursday’s games and the auction of Ferrell’s game used uniforms will go to Stand Up To Cancer and Cancer for College, according to the OC Register. No word yet on if Ferrell received any Major League contract offers that might convince him to come out of retirement, but the Washington Nationals’ minor league affiliate in Potomac is interested, and I assume he can always go back to Round Rock as a mop-up man.