No Joke! Will Ferrell to DH for Sox
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Stay Classy, White Sox Fans
Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will DH for the Sox today in the team’s 6:05 p.m., CT game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Ferrell is participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year.
Dedicating today’s project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also is honoring the historic feat by Oakland’s Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.
Ferrell’s goal is to honor Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer realize their dream of a college education.
An important part of the fund-raising efforts will be game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks that will be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research. MLB is the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer.
Ferrell’s historic day will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special which will air later this year and also feature major-league players, managers, coaches, executives and fans. Fans can follow along live and on-demand throughout the day across MLB Network, MLB.com, whitesox.com and all the official social media accounts of MLB and the White Sox.
This Afternoon’s Games
White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas. Others scheduled are RHP Chris Beck and RHP J.D. Martin.
White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi. Others scheduled to see action are: RHP David Robertson, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Erik Johnson.
The White Sox overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and fought back to tie the Rangers 4-4 in a game called after nine innings, the club’s second come-from-behind tie in the last three days…Conor Gillaspie (in photo below) knotted up the game at 3-3 in the sixth with a double and Andy LaRoche knocked out his own two-base hit in the eighth to tie the contest at 4-4…Geovany Soto went 2-4 with an RBI…Logan Kensing (0.2 IP), Daniel Webb (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Javy Guerra (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) each pitched scoreless ball…The Sox are now 3-3-2.
Welcome to the White Sox, Michael Ynoa
Quotes of the Day
The White Sox on Ferrell playing for the Sox:
“Hopefully he’ll help us. It’s a good for Major League Baseball, raising some money for a good cause. For us, spring training is long days. Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun. I think he’ll get on base for us. I might have to pinch run for him, though.”
“I love new teammates! Welcome!!…Will Ferrell ? Hmm not sure how I feel about this… Gonna need to see some production.”
“If the man is on base in front of me tomorrow I hope he’s ready to double steal.”
White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale (3:10 p.m., CT).
Photo of the Day
Alexei and Jose: friends and teammates.