Browns players hit home runs with fans in special celebrity softball game

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EASTLAKE, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns football players traded in their helmets and shoulder pads for a softball bat and glove on Thursday evening. They were participating in Joe Haden's celebrity softball game at Classic Park in Eastlake.

"I like baseball but I was never good at it and people always do basketball games or bowling but I thought this would be a really good time, a way that I could play baseball because I'm not good at it and people would be able to laugh at me," said Browns defensive back Joe Haden.

Browns players from Buster Skrine to Brian Hoyer and Craig Robertson were all participants in Joe Haden's Celebrity Charity softball game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was a little kid,” said Robertson. “First time playing softball but I will probably hit in those blue bleachers out there."

Families from all over Northeast Ohio packed into the stadium and sat as close as they could to the field. Some fans got an up-close view as they actually got to go on the field.

"Great cause, it's a great thing and I think that the football players that came out today are just phenomenal. It's great to be this close to them; it's exciting," said Amanda Blazetic of Eastlake.

Joe Haden was the guy everyone came out to see but it was Brian Hoyer the quarterback, who played baseball at St. Ignatius High School, who stole the show. In his first two rounds of the Home Run Derby, he hit 10 home runs.

"Boy he can hit, too. He hit a few of them, didn't he? He hit a couple of bombs," said Mike Dean of Wadsworth.

The Brown team went on to win the game beating the Orange team, but for the fans, they were here for one reason and one reason only.

"Just to see how far they can hit the ball and everything,” said Martha Bretz of Willowick.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Lake County Captains charities, which is the team's non-profit organization that contributes to local youth sports and educational programs.

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