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.
Sonny Gray lurking in the background pic.twitter.com/sTJTOuSy1a— Jennifer Trumpp (@JenniferTrumpp) 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.
Ferrell did have a significant uniform issue, however:
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:
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:
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:
BREAKING: pic.twitter.com/uPxkSXFmfu— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 12, 2015