Updated 08:52 PM EST, Tue, Dec 01, 2020

MLB News Updates: Comedian Will Ferrel Takes The Field in Arizona

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Comedian Will Ferrell played for five spring training games in Arizona on Thursday.

The actor, who was sporting a No. 19 jersey for each team he played for, started using bats and hitting balls in an Oakland Athletics uniform then proceeded to four other ballparks to play baseball.

Associated Press said that along the way, Ferrell even hugged a guy in an elf suit when he left Mesa then held up a sign with the text "Remember These Games Don't Count." The report said he made a challenging stint when he functioned as an impromptu coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After that, he went to Tempe then to Scottsdale. Riding a helicopter from his last destination, Ferrell went across north Phoenix to Glendale and made a successful try in being a center field at the Camelback Ranch ballpark where the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox met.

He ended the day in Peoria in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. All these plays, according to Associated Press, were all for a good cause as it noted that he is aiming to raise $1 million for college scholarships for cancer survivors.

CBS News said he played every position in the MLB in the games that he participated in. He also honored Bert Campaneris for being the first to play all nine positions in a major league game five decades ago.

The entire tour was reportedly part of an upcoming special by HBO. "Memorabilia from his journey is to be sold at auction on MLB.com with proceeds going to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer," the Associated Press report added.

In an ABC News report, Ferrell said he hoped his acting career is already over as he could trade it for baseball.

"I think it's pretty much the feeling out here that I'm gonna land with one of these clubs. These teams need a clubhouse presence, and by presence I mean a 47-year-old flabby guy who doesn't know how to play," he was quoted by ABC News as saying.

He added that he has life experiences which make him willing to do what it takes just to finish the job. "I'm hoping to land a spot on the roster. I'm gonna have my game face on," he added.

Ferrell did not only spend a day learning and appreciating the sport but he also wanted to share his blessings with survivors of cancer. He certainly felt fulfilled after tirelessly going from one place to another just to get involved in each of the games he promised to take part in. For sure, people will be looking forward to the HBO special of the comedian.

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