MCU Park played host to a game of celebrity softball on July 12, where New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and heavy-weight boxing champ Evander Holyfield went up against the less-than stellar athelticism of realty stars such as Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” fame.
“It was great, if you like really bad softball,” said Bruce Garber, zone operations manager for Men’s Wearhouse, who was at the event promoting the clothing chain’s annual suit drive.
It was a rainy Friday evening, which got the game off to a late start. It plodded along at a snail’s pace, with the less-athletic celebrties doing what they could, and the actual athletes playing it safe to avoid injuries, according to Garber.
“It was kind of a washout,” he said. “The players were walking on tip toes to keep from slipping.”
In the end, there were only around 1,000 fans in the stands and the two celebrity teams drew a tie at 10–10, but it was all for a good cause.
Proceeds from the evening went to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, while the folks from Men’s Wearhouse, which helped sponsor the event, were able to raise awareness to their suit drive, with which they hope to donate 150,000 suits to men in need.Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cn