It was a beautiful day at Dodger Stadium, made even more so by the incredible vibe only produced by giving to a worthy cause. Adrian Gonzalez’s #Bat4Hope event – a celebrity softball game benefitting cancer research – was held at the park and went off without a hitch, save for Gonzalez’s Team Hope losing despite having him and Joc Pederson in the lineup.
Hot take alert: Joc Pederson’s swing still isn’t fixed. He can’t even hit a softball. Trade that guy right now.
I’m joking, obviously. Ask any baseball player and they’ll tell you hitting a softball is a hugely different task than hitting baseballs thrown on a line.
Nomar Garciappara, playing for Eva Longoria’s Team Courage was named MVP for hitting four home runs – one being a grand slam. He said afterward that he plans on moving wife Mia Hamm’s World Cup trophy over to make room for this honor. Hey, when you’re married to one of the greatest female athletes in sports history, you do what you can to measure up.
The event benefitted PADRES Contra El Cancer, an organization Gonzalez and Longoria represent. Take from the event page:
PADRES is a nonprofit organization that for 30 years has been committed to improving the quality of life for children and young adults with cancer and their families. PADRES serves families throughout Southern and Central California. Proceeds for the event will benefit PADRES family bilingual cancer education, quality of life and economic assistance programs.
Great work, Adrian, and everyone else involved with the event. They plan on hosting it again next year.