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Big Slick celebs turn softball game into a brawl, all in good fun

Highlights from Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game

Highlights from the Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 23, 2017.
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Highlights from the Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 23, 2017.

It was only the top of the third inning but the players had had enough.

“Roseanne” alum Sarah Chalke was rounding third on a hit by “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte when the players on both teams cleared the benches and began brawling.

Just as they did last year.

It was a typical raucous time for the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend softball game at Kauffman Stadium Friday afternoon, the big public event for the fundraiser benefitting the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital.

Signs that this was a far cry from the Royals game that would follow later that night:

▪ Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — a first baseman on this day — scored a two-run home run simply because he rounded the bases twice.

▪ Hometown host Jason Sudeikis actually cowered after he hit the ball and trotted to first base.

▪ Comedian Weird Al Yankovic’s squat must have been one of the strangest batting stances ever seen at home plate — one only Weird Al could pull off.

▪ And “American Idol” winner David Cook of Blue Springs briefly wore a Batman mask (replacing the “Star Wars” Chewbacca mask he wore last year).

This year, the fundraiser added a new element: a nationwide raffle with a prize of a VIP pass to all the events and a chance to join in the celebrity softball game. The winner was Megan Henley of California, whose father grew up in Kansas City. She hit a single, but later, when she tried to advance to second base, Paul Rudd tagged her out — and gave her a hug.

Rudd and Sudeikis, along with fellow hometown celebs Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner, who did the play-by-play at the game, hosted 26 celebrity guests for a packed few days.

The game followed a morning at Children’s Mercy, when the hosts held a press conference and hung out with some of the patients.

In 2017, actors Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Eric Stonestreet and Rob Riggle, as well as some celebrity guests, visited patients at Children's Mercy Hospital, the beneficiaries of the Big Slick celebrity fundraising weekend.

On Thursday, Koechner, Rudd and Riggle stopped in at the hospital to entertain some of the staff with stand-up comedy and a lively Q&A session, where they revealed some of their favorite spots around Kansas City.

Funny trio provide abundant laughs and throw in a lap dance for staff at Children's Mercy Hospital.

On Saturday, they’ll bowl in the morning and host an auction that night.

Since 2010, Big Slick has donated more than $4.5 million for expansions to provide better stays for patients and families, for groundbreaking research and for the purchase of advanced medical equipment. Last year alone, the event raised more than $1.3 million, its biggest haul yet.

This year’s total will be announced at the conclusion of events Saturday night.

The Star’s Sharon Hoffmann pitched in on this report.

Aaron Randle: 816-234-4060, @aaronronel

Jacob Gedetsis: 816-234-4416, @jacobgedetsis

Saturday

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend will continue with a free block party starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, outside Pinstripes in Overland Park’s Prairiefire, featuring a red carpet event at 9:45 a.m. Celebs and ticketholders will compete in a sold-out charity bowling tournament at 10:30. That evening is the sold-out auction and party at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. Details at bigslickkc.org.

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