After a half-inning at shortstop, the Oakland Athletics traded Will Ferrell to the Seattle Mariners for a box of sunflower seeds and a comedic actor to be named later (Not really). Ferrell played second base for Lloyd McClendon's Mariners before heading to Tempe by police escort to start play in four other games around the Cactus League.
Ferrell's day around Major League baseball began with the A's at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, and the A's got to meet the actor and comedian as he suited up for the team.
Before #FerrellTakesTheField he asked baseball questions in the clubhouse like: Can you make a living doing this? pic.twitter.com/2T9U7eBJYr— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015
Sonny Gray lurking in the background pic.twitter.com/sTJTOuSy1a— Jennifer Trumpp (@JenniferTrumpp) March 12, 2015
Source: Will Ferrell has passed his physical and is ready to leave it all out on the field. #FerrellTakesTheField pic.twitter.com/1nw0i5cdBj— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) March 12, 2015
Ferrell was joined by A's legends Bert Campaneris and Rickey Henderson. Campaneris was famed for becoming the first to play all nine defensive positions in an official game, performing the feat in 1965. With the addition of the designated hitter, Ferrell will play 10 positions today.
Bert Campaneris and A's prospect Will Ferrell talkin ball. #FerrellTakesTheField pic.twitter.com/CwHg0nkQSx— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 12, 2015
Ricky Bobby? No, Rickey and Will. #FerrellTakesTheField pic.twitter.com/z68LUxRDxw— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2015
Ferrell did have a significant uniform issue, however:
Nooooooooooooooo! #athletics pic.twitter.com/fP4kRHbvzs— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) March 12, 2015
After arriving on field, Ferrell's first stop was to sit down with MLB Network High Heat's Chris Russo:
He took batting practice next:
Look at that form! #FerrellTakesTheField https://t.co/JQ3F5lTHK9— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) March 12, 2015
Will Ferrell's custom bat for today... #FerrellTakesTheField pic.twitter.com/gx84uRXB3E— Donny Baarns (@DonnyBaarns) March 12, 2015
Back in the clubhouse, Ferrell wanted to be sure his teammates were prepared:
Ferrell: "Should we look at some tape?" pic.twitter.com/mSToPRco4j— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 12, 2015
Will Ferrell let A's shortstop Marcus Semien know that Ferrell is playing for a spot on the roster:
Ferrell to SS Semien: "I could catch fire today and you could be on a bus back to Triple-A." pic.twitter.com/HBIOemGka5— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 12, 2015
Ferrell was listed fifth in the batting order:
Ferrell was ready:
Will #FerrellTakesTheField! Playing shortstop for the #Athletics in support of @CFCcharity and @SU2C. pic.twitter.com/ELVvmHKg0W— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015
For a moment, there was a chance he'd have to cover second base when Austin Jackson reached on a leadoff walk, but ultimately Ferrell got no fielding chances. He was due up fifth, and Mark Canha was at bat when the inning ended.
I WANT TO BELIEVE pic.twitter.com/BozA3vm7ib— Jeremy F. Koo (@jfkooAN) March 12, 2015
It just wasn't to be today:
The A's announced that Will Ferrell has been traded to the @Mariners for a CATBNL (Comedic Actor To Be Named Later). #FerrellTakesTheField— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) March 12, 2015
BREAKING: pic.twitter.com/uPxkSXFmfu— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 12, 2015