All sorts of famous celebrities have taken part in Padres spring training, like Garth Brooks and, uh... okay, maybe just Garth Brooks. But that list will get twice as big tomorrow as Will Ferrell (Elf, Stranger Than Fiction, The Lego Movie, no movies set in San Diego) takes the field for the Friars as they go up against the Dodgers. Of course, he'll also be playing for the Dodgers in that game. And eight other teams in four other games. That he'll be shuttled between by helicopter. While filming an HBO special.
If this all sounds ridiculous to you, it's because Ferrell is remembering a ridiculous feat. Fifty years ago, Bert Campaneris played all nine positions for the then Kansas City Athletics in a single game against the then California Angels. Campaneris will join Ferrell for the start of his five-stadium tour, which will also benefit cancer-fighting charities Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer for College. If you've heard about Cancer for College before, it might be from reading about Ferrell's annual San Diego pub crawl that raises fund for the charity.
You can catch Ferrell's Padre debut on Fox Sports San Diego tomorrow evening at 6:15. Come armed with your cleverest Step Brothers and Blades of Glory jokes.
Update [1:50 PM]:
We've just learned from MLB Network that they'll be producing tomorrow's telecast, which starts at 6:00 PM and will air on both MLBN and Fox Sports San Diego. And they'll be lending some of their on-air talent to the show. Yes, this means exactly what you hope it means: Matt Vasgersian will join Mark Grant. This will be their first broadcast together since 2008. This just became a can't-miss game.