Like the beautifully timeless, nearly 20-hour Ken Burns documentary series Baseball before it, the film Ferrell Takes The Field celebrates our national pastime. It just happens to be about goofball (and, honestly, sometimes near-surrealist artist) Will Ferrell taking on his madcap single-day go at baseball during MLB’s spring training earlier this year.
On March 12th, 2015, Ferrell played all 10 positions for 10 teams: Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres.
Following in the great steps of Kansas City Athletics ballplayer Bert “Campy” Campaneris, who played nine positions in a single game against the California Angels on September 8th 1965, Ferrell used his antics and showmanship to raise awareness and money for organizations dedicated to fighting cancer.
“There’s no doubt I turned some heads today,” Farrell announces in an on-the-field speech. “I brought passion to the field; dedication, ability, and a lot of ignorance. There is life in the blood in this 47-year-old arm.”
The film airs on HBO on Saturday, September 12th.