As I noted earlier, if you needed any more evidence of the enthusiasm greeting the Seahawks this season, you needed to look no further than Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium today where roughly 7,000 (there was no official attendance given) attended the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game.
As these things tend to be, it was a generally light-hearted affair meant mostly to entertain and also raise money for some charities, notably HelpingAHero.org.
Russell Wilson’s team ended up winning 23-22 but needed a few extra rounds of a Home Run Derby to do so after the seven-inning game ended in a 20-20 tie. Wilson’s team got the winning hit on a home run by cornerback Walter Thurmond. The valiant losers ended up being coached by Tacoma residents Marcus and Desmond Trufant who were called into action with Pete Carroll (who had been advertised earlier as coaching one of the teams) on vacation.
Golden Tate was named the MVP with a day that included at least one home run in the game and two in the Home Run Derby that cleared the actual wall and not just a makeshift boundary of about 300 feet or so.
But as Doug Baldwin, who had trouble with a couple of fly balls in left field freely admitted, there were a few times when the assembled players made it clear they’d picked the right sport in siding with football:
Man, I couldn't judge that little white ball to save my life. Found a new respect for outfielders! #RichardShermanSoftballGame
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) July 8, 2013
All in all, looked like a pretty good time was had by all, and this is the time of year for that for the Seahawks with 18 days left until the real grind begins with the start of training camp on July 25.