You could call it a celebrity softball game, or you could call it a hot mess.
Either way, the five hosts of Big Slick Celebrity Weekend and their famous friends put on a crazy show Friday at Kauffman Stadium. It was clear things might get out of control when Paul Rudd was asked to give the rules.
“Try not to be afraid of the ball, and give 109 percent,” he announced. “Keep that other 1 percent for yourself.”
Not long after the blue team, led by Eric Stonestreet and Rob Riggle, and the white team, led by Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, squared off, Rudd hit the ball and ran through first base — then on past the makeshift outfield fence. Clearly out, Rudd somehow scored a run.
This was the first year the celebrity ballgame during the two-day fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital was played on the big-league field. Riggle called it a “childhood dream come true.”
Hundreds of fans who bought tickets to the Royals and Red Sox came early to see the softball game and get a glimpse of the celebrities.
They rooted for their favorites hosts — Riggle, Rudd, Stonestreet, Sudeikis and David Koechner — and celebrity guests, including Selena Gomez, Aisha Tyler, Sporting KC’s Matt Besler, Tech N9ne and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce.
Scott and Dawnua Dawson of Overland Park knew they had to be there: They are huge fans of Eric Stonestreet and “Modern Family.” Plus, they wanted to support Big Slick’s efforts for the hospital.
“I’ve gotten about 10 pictures so far,” Scott said.
“It really is our favorite show,” Dawnua said. “And it’s so fun to have a hometown boy come back for charity.”
The game, by the way, was declared a tie after about 40 minutes. With Big Slick, after all, there are no losers.