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All-Star Celebrity Softball Game Rocks Dodgers Stadium
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Editor
Published July 21, 2022

Rapper Quavo hit an RBI double during the 2022 All Star Celebrity Softball Game (Jerry Kelly/TGSportsv1)

The 2022 All-Star Celebrity Softball Game was a highly competitive matchup that brought thrills to the crowd at Dodgers Stadium. The star-studded cast of celebrities was divvied up into Team Los Angeles and Team Brooklyn to pay homage to the Dodgers’ home cities. The five-inning contest remained close throughout the night, consisting of three ties.

Rapper Bad Bunny was the captain of Team L.A. and Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch was captain of Team Brooklyn.

Team Brooklyn consisted of many east coast natives, including “Desus and Mero” talk show hosts The Kid Mero and Desus Nice and “Hamilton” star Anthony Ramos.

UCLA alum and three-time World Champion softball player Natasha Watley played for Team Los Angeles (Jerry Kelly/TGSportsv1)

“I can’t believe I’m playing in this game today with all these dope people,” Ramos said. “To rock the Brooklyn Dodgers jersey too, being from Brooklyn, it’s bugged out.”

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“Candyman” and “Ambulance” star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Shang-Chi” star Simu Liu, and pro wrestler The Miz were also on team Brooklyn. The Miz hit a two-RBI homerun, which helped team Brooklyn defeat team L.A. 15-13; he was crowned MVP of the matchup.

Team L.A. included three-time world champion and UCLA alum Natasha Watley and two-time Olympic gold medal snowboarder Chloe Kim, both natives of Southern California.

MLB Hall of Famer David “Big Papi” Ortiz was a surprise guest (Jerry Kelly/TGSportsv1)

“This is so awesome being in L.A., I feel like I’m at home, I’m a Dodgers fan,” Watley said. “I just want to have fun and I have all my family here.”

MLB legends CC Sabathia, Andre Ethier, and Hunter Pence also participated in the Celebrity Game.

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“There’s some retired pros here, so there’s some people who know what they’re doing,” The Kid Mero said. “There’s some people who picked up a bat for the first time today.”

Rapper Coi Leray at bat during the All Star Celebrity Softball Game (Jerry Kelly/TGSportsv1)

Fear of God streetwear founder Jerry Lorenzo won MVP for the 2018 Celebrity Softball game and could not pass up another opportunity to compete.

“As a culture, it’s the sport that broke through for civil rights,” Lorenzo said. “Baseball was always at the forefront of change, so to be a part of this is always sentimental for me.”

Bad Bunny used his early at-bats to reveal surprise guests: Baseball Hall of Famers Vladimir Guerrero and David “Big Papi” Ortiz.

Fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo practices his batting prior to the Celebrity Softball Game (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

RBIs from both Lorenzo and Ortiz would give Team LA an 8-3 lead at the end of the second inning.  Migos star Quavo helped team Brooklyn rally back in the third inning with an RBI double. Team Brooklyn scored seven runs in the phase.

“I never try to go the hardest, I always just try to go out there and have fun and then let it come to me,” Quavo said. “I’m an athlete, I like to compete a little bit.”

While Quavo is no stranger to All Star Celebrity games, this was a defining moment for rapper Coi Leray.

Actor Anthony Ramos played for Team Brooklyn during the Celebrity Softball Game(Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

“At this point in my career, I feel like I’m still a runner up and now I feel like I’m already with the big dogs, so it’s a blessing,” Leray said. “I don’t play baseball, but I love to watch. Shout out to the [Boston] Red Sox.”

The Celebrity game did not come without hijinks: “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston kicked dirt on the umpire’s shoes after disagreeing with a call, “Dance Moms” star Jojo Siwa showed off her moves during her at-bats, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star Guillermo Rodriguez passed out fake mustaches to team L.A. to wear, and Bad Bunny threw the crowd into a frenzy.

“Everybody has a really good energy and good personalities, so it makes it easy,” said 2013 Women’s College World Series champion Lauren Chamberlain. “There’s no divas here, so it’s good.”

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