This Super Bowl champ wins on the diamond, too

June 3rd, 2023

KANSAS CITY -- Patrick Mahomes held the trophy high above his head and celebrated with the crowd. It’s almost as if he’s done that before.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback led his team to victory in the Royals’ annual Big Slick celebrity softball game on Friday evening before the Royals took on the Rockies in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

Unsurprisingly, the ultra-athletic and ever-competitive Mahomes made an impact all over the field, hitting a no-doubt home run and chasing down a baserunner -- who was way outside the third-base line and couldn’t even outrun Mahomes with the help of teammates -- for an out. He also made a behind-the-back flip over to first base for an out in the early innings.

Above all, Mahomes had fun putting on a show for a large crowd at The K while raising money for a good cause. This weekend marks the 14th annual Big Slick event, in which several celebrities -- many of them Kansas City natives -- raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital, with the goal of eradicating pediatric cancer.

The fundraiser started in 2010, when Rob Riggle called fellow Shawnee Mission (Kan.) graduates Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis with the idea to raise money for Children’s Mercy. They raised $120,000 that first year and have raised more than $17 million since then. Kansas City-area natives Eric Stonestreet, David Koechner and Heidi Gardner have since joined as hosts.

Mahomes, also a minority owner of the Royals, joined Chiefs teammate Creed Humphrey and many other celebrities like Dustin Colquitt, Will Forte, Joe Lo Truglio, David Cook and Al Yankovic, who served as the umpire on Friday.

Royals players and coaches lined the dugout railing to watch Friday’s event and the chaos that ensued on the field.

“[My wife] was pretty excited to come out here and see this,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “I started to look at the names, and there were some big names -- and for a great cause. I’m looking forward to being a spectator.”