Snoop Dogg's hustle and Vlad Guerrero's power set new gold standard for celebrity softball games
I have seen my fair share of celebrity softball games. Whether it was the halcyon early '90s and I was watching MTV Rock N' Jock games featuring Megadeth and Mike Piazza:
Or watching TV icons pinch-hit with home run champs earlier this year:
At this year's All-Star Week at Great American Ball Park, the celebrity softball game reached a new high point that will be difficult to ever top.
After all, this was a game that saw Rollie Fingers both commit an error and hit a dinger (he hit two in his big league career), Macklemore getting gunned at home by Ozzie Smith after trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run and Aaron Boone giving Red Sox fans cold sweats. Those weren't even the best moments of the game.
Because this game featured Vladimir Guerrero. That's right, just a few weeks after Guerrero saw his son sign with the Blue Jays to usher in a new era of Guerrero-led Canadian domination, Vlad took the field again. And he gave people plenty to dream about with his performance on the field.
He started slowly, popping up in his first at-bat, only to be saved by Peeta's rock-like hands:
Tired of watching balls fly over the fence, Snoop Dogg tried to do something about it.
Oh yeah, did I not mention that Snoop was at the game? It should now be a contractual and legal requirement that every celebrity softball game features the hip hop musician. Beyond showing off his Rodney McCray impression, Snoop was a quotable source of endless excitement.
He showed impressive agility and speed when he stretched a single into a hustle double:
And, perhaps best of all, revealed his full wind-up and deft fielding skills. Even if he did miss the tag on Rob Riggle, you can't beat that 80 grade hustle.
Something tells me Snoop can't wait either: