Friday, July 16, 2010

Beating the Off-Day Blues*: Celebs Storm the All Star Game

*While today, Friday, July 16th, isn't an off-day for the Yankees, this post was scheduled for yesterday, but did not post at its scheduled time (thanks, Blogger). Enjoy it nonetheless. Go Yankees and have fun at the game tonight, Ashley! I hope Brett Brett hits a homerun right to you in section 105.

The celebrities at the All Star Game in Anaheim weren't all of the baseball kind. The Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, played on Sunday, July 10th, preceded the Home Run Derby. Retired MLB greats, including Rickey Henderson, Mike Piazza, Bo Jackson and Ozzie Smith teamed with celebs like Jon Hamm, Guy Fieri, Andy Richter, MC Hammer, James Denton and gold medal-winning softball star Jennie Finch.

Marissa Miller, Jon Hamm and Andy Richter discuss where they are going for dinner after the game (Image/PicApp)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 11: Model Marisa Miller, actor Jon Hamm and comedian Andy Richter during the MLB All Star Game Celebrity Softball Game at Angels Stadium of Anaheim on July 11, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

In its 10th year, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game was won by the American League team, managed by Goose Gossage. The final score was 15-11.

At the ASG, the start of the game was delayed 40 minutes, so Julia Roberts and other celebrities could celebrate "All Stars Among Us" in what would have been a touching tribute to everyday heroes, had I not been so anxious for the game to start.

Grab a box of tissues and watch this:

Glee's Amber Riley then sang that "Beautiful" song that is played whenever someone does something extraordinary but is an otherwise average human being, before she finally sang the National Anthem to (almost) kick-off the game.

Amber Riley of Glee is having a very good year (Image/PicApp)
Actress Amber Riley performs the National Anthem at the All-Star Game on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, CA (photo by: Jack Shea/ Meet The Famous)   Photo via Newscom

Continuing the celebrity parade, Colbie Caillat (whose last name is mispronounced by the stadium announcer) sang a very lovely rendition of "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch:

Don't forget, I did a live blog of the ASG. You can read it, which includes my declining mental state as it got later and later past my bedtime, here.

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