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The stars of the 2016 Celebrity Softball Game talk strategy and meeting Ozzie Smith

Sure, the heroics of the actual baseball players get all the attention over All-Star Weekend. But Monday's All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game is steeped in plenty of tradition of its own. The game's seen everything from Vlad's dingers to Kevin James', uh, "slides." Snoop Dogg once turned it into a hurdling competition. It's a big deal, is what we're saying.

Before the festivities got underway, J.K. Simmons, Sterling Brown and more of the star-studded roster took a moment to talk about their prior baseball experience, getting to meet some of their childhood heroes and, most importantly, not embarrassing themselves. Highlights include:

- "The People v. O.J. Simpson" star and St. Louis native Sterling Brown on getting to share a field (and have a locker next to) Ozzie Smith: 

My heart nearly skipped a beat when I got to take a picture with Ozzie Smith, so I'm still trying to maintain my cool and act like I have some common sense. If you're not from St. Louis and grew up watching the Cardinals in the '80s then it's probably not the same thing, but for me, he's the hugest sports star of my youth.

- Simmons, taking this very seriously and wishing he had had some time to break in his brand-new All-Star glove.

- Several celebrities shared their goals for the evening, which ranged from the ambitious -- actor Billy Brown: "Swing as hard as I can and hit it out of the park" -- to ... more modest: Simmons' plan "is to try not to A) embarrass myself or B) pull something." 

- Disney Channel star Peyton Meyer briefly losing his mind about getting to stand next to Rickey Henderson.

You can watch the full clip above, and be sure to stick around after the T-Mobile Home Run Derby tonight to watch the game on ESPN.