Like the NBA's All-Star festivities, Major League Baseball's midseason celebration is more than just a two-day affair that celebrates home runs and superstars. It's become a long-weekend event that brings prospects and celebrities into the fold to honor America's pastime.
The All-Star Celebrity Softball Game has become a staple of MLB's Midsummer Classic, with some of the biggest stars from movies and television lacing up their cleats to show whether those amazing stunts captured on film translate to athletic ability.
What makes the game even more fun is that celebrities are paired with retired baseball players, so you can see the ways some of the stars react to being around their favorite on-field heroes.
To prepare you for the fun, we've got a look at the rosters for both teams and information about where you can watch this year's Celebrity Softball Game.
Where: Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
When: Monday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET
|2014 MLB Celebrity Softball Game Participants|
|Andy Cohen||Reality TV Producer|
|Andre Dawson||MLB Hall of Famer|
|Chris Distefano||Host of MTV's "Off The Bat"|
|Jennie Finch||Olympic Gold Medalist|
|Rollie Fingers||MLB Hall of Famer|
|Dwight Gooden||Former MLB Pitcher|
|Rickey Henderson||MLB Hall of Famer|
|Kevin Love||Timberwolves Power Forward|
|Fred Lynn||Former MLB All-Star|
|Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx Forward|
|Jack Morris||Former MLB Pitcher|
|Zach Parise||Minnesota Wild Left Winger|
|Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings Running Back|
|Mike Piazza||Former MLB Catcher|
|Ozzie Smith||MLB Hall of Famer|
|John Smoltz||Former MLB Pitcher|
|Jim Thome||Former MLB First Baseman|
|Andrew Zimmern||Chef/Reality TV Star|
Player to Watch: Rickey Henderson
It doesn't matter how old he gets or how long he's been out of the game, Rickey Henderson will always be must-see television when cameras are present. After all, this is a player who, during a giveaway in 2011, told the Oakland A's that he wanted his bobblehead to have dirt painted on it so fans would know he was playing the game.
Henderson is no stranger to the Celebrity Softball Game, having participated in the game for years and hitting two home runs in the 2010 contest.
Would you expect anything less from the player who hit more leadoff homers and scored more runs than any player in MLB history?
Plus, Henderson is just fun to watch. He's one of the great personalities in the history of pro sports.
Most Awkward Situation: Kevin Love and Minnesota Fans
There's really no way to sugarcoat what's happening with Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The All-Star power forward hasn't come right out and said it, but the rumblings about his future suggest that his days in Minnesota are numbered.
The Golden State Warriors have been the most likely landing spot for Love, though Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported in late June that talks between the Warriors and the T-Wolves had stalled.
Now, with all the trade talk swirling around Love, he's going to be rolled out in front of the people who have cheered him on for six years and who know that the marriage is headed for an ugly ending one way or another.
Non-athlete Sure to Stand Out: Nelly
Even though he's not technically an athlete, Nelly might as well be included in the athlete category. He's a veteran of the Celebrity Softball Game. He played in this event during the 2009 All-Star break in his native St. Louis and was named co-MVP.
Plus, the rapper also starred as a running back in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler. Surely, it took some athletic ability to pull that off, even with choreographed stunts.
Nelly could certainly use the publicity, as his music career has fizzled out recently despite the release of a new album in 2013.
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