CLEVELAND– Hall of Famers and celebrities took part in the 2019 Celebrity Softball Game Sunday evening.
The softball game kicked off Sunday, July 7 at 5 p.m. at Progressive Field and was followed by the All-Star Futures Game.
As part of the “Cleveland vs. The World” the game was divided into two teams: Team Cleveland and Team World.
There were several Cleveland Indians alums, including Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Mike Napoli and Travis Hafner. There was also a mix of actors, musicians and athletes competing.
Take a look at the rosters:
- Carlos Baerga
- Jim Thome
- Joe Thomas
- J.R. Smith
- Kenny Lofton
- Mike Napoli
- Stipe Miocic
- Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
- Travis Kelce
- Drew Carey
- Dr. Oz
- Allie LaForce
- Machine Gun Kelly
- Simone Biles
- Stephanie Beatriz
- Travis Hafner
- Jennie Finch
- Jamie Foxx
- Anthony Mackie
- Bernie Williams
- Ryan Howard
- Anuel AA and Daddy Yankee
- Colton Underwood
- Dascha Polanco
- Jerry Lorenzo
- Johnny Bananas
- Max Greenfield
- Priah Ferguson
- Scott Rogowsky
Team World took an early lead, but Team Cleveland fought back with a big inning thanks to “Brooklyn 99” actress Stephanie Beatriz, Cavs Star J.R. Smith and WWE wrestler “The Miz.” The Land led by one after the first.
However, Cleveland struggled on defense and gave up six runs in the second. Ten-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas hit a three-run triple. The World had the lead, 8-6, after two innings.
Team Cleveland was down by nine going into the bottom of the third. But a double from Jim Thome’s son Landon, and back-to-back jacks from rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Tribe alum Travis Hafner put the home team back into the game. They trailed by just one.
In the end The World beat Cleveland 21-16, causing fans at Progressive Field to roundly boo the winning team.
Before the game, Olympic Gold Medalist and Team Cleveland member Simone Biles told FOX 8 that she didn’t have a strategy for Sunday’s game.
“I don’ t even have one,” she said. “I’ve never even played softball before.”
She added that she had a great line-up on Team Cleveland and was going to “watch and learn” from her teammates.
And, former Cleveland Cavalier J.R. Smith said he was also excited for the game. When FOX 8 asked him how far he can hit a softball he said, “You know, I can hit a golf ball pretty far. I don’t know about a baseball or softball. We’re going to find out though. I’m just trying to make contact.”
He added, “So many people have come up to me to thank me for all the games I played, and for the title. It’s very much appreciated”.
Meanwhile, Cleveland-native Drew Carey was also honored to be representing his home town.
“I grew up playing Stratomatic baseball. Are you kidding? I’m beyond thrilled,” he said.
**Don’t miss the All-Star Game Tuesday night, July 9, on FOX 8**