One of the greatest things about baseball is how it can unite us. In times of great chaos and anguish, the game that we all love brings us all together more often than not. No matter the rivalry or past, it always finds a way to unite fans. Sunday’s charity softball game in Malibu was the perfect example of that.
When the Woolsey fire tore through tore through Los Angeles and Ventura County in early November, we saw the destruction that rarely plagues this part of California. The fire burned through close to 100,000 acres of land and destroyed close to 2,000 structures while forcing over a quarter million people to evacuate the safety of their homes.
That is what triggered this response. Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas, and Mike Attanasio are all connected through the Milwaukee Brewers. But they four are all also residents of Malibu who wanted to find a way to give back after the fires raged through the area. Their solution? A charity softball game chalked full of celebrities to raise money for their foundation, California Strong.
Justin Turner, Christian Yelich headline players in celebrity softball game for CA disaster relief Sunday at Pepperdine.
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The celebrity turnout for the game was phenomenal. Familiar faces like Charlie Sheen, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Rainn Wilson, and many more showed up in support(some in full gear). Justin Turner was there to represent the Dodgers as well as support along with his foundation. Turner had this to say about the game:
Driving up this morning and seeing the turnout here is incredible. I think the power of people coming together for a good cause I think kind of blows your mind every time you see the community coming together like this.
Turner also commented on the major league baseball community coming together for this cause:
We’re a tight-knit brotherhood, and when something like this happens we try to come together and take advantage of our platform and do some good
The California Strong foundation was formed in response to the devastating fire as well as the shooting in Thousand Oaks that took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill on November 7th. The foundation’s goal is to raise money and raise awareness to support those affected by the Thousand Oaks shooting, the Woolsey fire in Southern California, and the Camp Fire of Northern California.
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