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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:

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Or watching TV icons pinch-hit with home run champs earlier this year: 

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The point is, celebrity softball games are one of life's true wonders -- like miniature pigs or a giant Cheeto. They exist in that beautiful space of competition, but no one really cares who wins or loses; a world where celebrities and athletes laugh together, making it seem like you, too, could be friends with them -- perhaps calling them some Saturday morning to see if they'd like to drink some coffee with you or help you move apartments.

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. 

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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

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The extra swing would turn out well for Guerrero. He'd get another chance and smash a two-run home run. He would later add another. And another. And another. That's right, four home runs. 

Tired of watching balls fly over the fence, Snoop Dogg tried to do something about it. 

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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: 

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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.

With Snoop's National League team trailing 25-21 in the bottom of the sixth, they were hoping to mount a comeback. And with Disney star Olivia Holt on first base, Ozzie Smith smashed a liner to center field. Paul O'Neill made the grab and threw to first to double her up, sadly, not with his foot. And with that, the high-scoring, high-octane game was over. We can't wait for next year.

Something tells me Snoop can't wait either: 

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