Actor Will Ferrell will suit up to play ball for the Reds Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to promote a new special from Funny or Die that will air on HBO later this year (Photo: Cincinnati Reds)
Will Ferrell was listed as a utility player on the Cincinnati Reds roster (Photo: MLB Mobile App)
Todd Frazier and Will Ferrell in the dugout (Photo: Twitter/Cincinnati Reds)
GOODYEAR, AZ (FOX19) -
Actor Will Ferrell showed to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, suited up and played for the Cincinnati Reds Thursday in their spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ferrell was listed on the Reds roster a utility player but ended up playing third base for the Red Legs, but he saw very little action come his way. He also played outfield for the Diamondbacks where he fielded a ground ball.
It was all to promote a new special from Funny or Die that will air on HBO later this year.
Ferrell was on a mission to play every position for a total of 10 teams in five total spring training games Thursday. He was honoring a historic feat by shortstop Bert "Campy" Campaneris who five decades ago played every position on the field for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels.
During his 10 team tour Thursday, Ferrell fielded a ground ball for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and had an at bat for the Cubs where he struck out on three pitches.
According to a release, the project will be dedicated to the fight against cancer, including Cancer for College. Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education. Game-used memorabilia from Ferrell's journey across the five ballparks will be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com. Proceeds will be donated to Cancer for College and the Stand Up To Cancer initiative.
“We support this event not only because it is generating money and awareness for cancer charities, but it's a great way for our game to reach, through HBO, a huge audience,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty.
Ferrell played in games for the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
According to a release, The Reds and Diamondbacks agreed to move the start time from 1:10 p.m. local time to 2:10 p.m. to accommodate the request by Major League Baseball as part of the collaboration with HBO and Funny or Die to film the project.