Paul Rudd and James Van Der Beek Have Home Run Outings During Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City
By Emily Krauser
James Van Der Beek may be a triple threat -- actor, singer, and athlete!
The 39-year-old actor did an impressive job belting out "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch of the Big Slick celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday. More impressively? He managed to capture pretty steady video of his and Will Forte's singing skills!
The actors were in Kansas City to participate in the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, the seventh annual fundraiser for the Cancer Center at Children's Mercy. The event is put together by Midwest boys Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, and David Koechner. Sudeikis, Riggle, and Rudd all hail from nearby Overland Park, Kansas, while Stonestreet is from Kansas City, Kansas, and Koechner lived in Tipton, Missouri.
Van Der Beek also shared video from the field earlier in the day, before the whole Big Slick crew started playing ball.
"And this is a tough job, but I'm going to have to play out here today," he said as he smiled wide in an Instagram video. "If they knew what I batted in Little League, they'd never let me on this field."
The 39-year-old actor was clearly being modest, as he hit an inside-the-park home run during the game!
Like many of his teammates, Rudd took time out to sign autographs for fans, as did Stonestreet.
Rudd even got to try on a Royals World Series ring, which seems like a pretty big deal for a local boy!
The Ant-Man star opened up to his hometown paper, the Kansas City Star, about meeting the patients' parents every year. "We're really honored to get to know these families who have children here and get to know some of the kids," he said. "I know I've met a lot of people and to be able to have a personal connection with the hospital and the people that are here is amazing. It makes this event very personal."
Despite giving back to a great cause, it was a tough weekend for Van Der Beek, as news broke that his friend and former Varsity Blues co-star, Ron Lester, had died on Friday after suffering liver and kidney failure.
Sad day... #RonLester was a sensitive soul with a huge heart. Everything you loved about Billy Bob was authentically Ron. #RIP bud.