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Big exposure for Kansas City’s Big Slick: Al Roker and the ‘Today’ show. Watch here

Update: The “Today” show tweeted the full Big Slick segment Monday. Watch it at the bottom of this story.

As a guest of Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, Al Roker got to be an umpire at the softball game at Kauffman Stadium and stand center stage at the Sprint Center to auction off a trip to visit him on the “Today” show in New York.

But in between those outings, he was doing his job, putting together a story about the annual fundraiser that benefits Children’s Mercy Hospital. That segment will air at 9 a.m. Monday, June 10, during the third hour of the show on NBC.

Roker sat down with Big Slick’s five hometown hosts — Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner — and visited patients and staff at the hospital’s Cancer Center.

Expect to also see scenes from Friday’s softball game, the Saturday morning bowling tournament at Pinstripes in Overland Park and the Saturday night auction.

The 10th annual benefit set another record this year, $2.5 million, bringing the total raised to over $10 million since the fundraiser began.

This marks the fourth year in a row that “Today” has featured Big Slick.

From the show, a favorite quote from umpire Roker at the softball game: “Anybody can swing and hit a home run. But to call Rob Riggle out. To call Ant-Man out. It takes guts. It takes fortitude. I’m the man to do it.”

Rudd line from the softball game I wish I’d thought of: Patrick Mahomes hit “a Mahomes run.”

And this, from Rudd: “The ultimate goal is never having to do this event again.” Because maybe a cure for cancer will be found.

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