In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell will be at five different Spring Training ballparks in Arizona on Thursday as production begins on a new HBO special from "Funny Or Die," in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field, and maybe some off the field, for 10 different teams on the same day.
Ferrell's historic day, which will be covered on social media using #FerrellTakesTheField, will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special, which will air later this year and also feature MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.
"We hope to always be in the Will Ferrell business," says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. "This latest collaboration is one of those things only Will could pull off. I can't wait to see him take the field."
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said, "Spring Training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer. Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball -- among our clubs, players and our millions of fans -- are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause."
Ferrell's goal is to honor "Campy" Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.
The Minnesota Wild traded for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman (and former Minnesota Golden Gopher) Jordan Leopold today. Coincidentally, Leopold's 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn, reportedly wrote a letter to the Wild in January asking them to make the trade because she missed her dad. Basically, Jordyn runs the Minnesota Wild.
We thought it might be fake, like most things children do, but TSN's Bob McKenzie said it's real: