Von Miller of the Broncos wobbled as Will Barton stepped off the Nuggets onto the homeplate, and the two danced after Barton hit actor Ross Butler’s home run to left field.
There was a lot of dancing at Coors Field that sunny Sunday afternoon. TikTok stars traded their shoes for cleats at the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, and fans wearing Major League, Negro Leagues and Minor League itched each other in the halls.
The score? Who cares? Fans certainly not.
Ben Parris, a 17-year-old attending Cherry Creek High School, was thrilled to see some of his favorite athletes like Miller, Barton and Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer play softball. But he didn’t know many of the celebrities other than dancer / celebrity Jojo Siwa.
“I think softball in general is quite a humiliating game that levels the playing field,” Parris said. “When you talk about slow pitch softball, anyone can do it. To see how JoJo Siwa knocked out right after the double strike from DK Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks wide receiver) in the first game was something very special. ”
Piper Le Jeune, 21, drove out of Albuquerque, NM for the weekend. She was wearing her Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico jersey and was excited to see Siwa.
“I knew Jojo would make Quavo shine,” she said, referring to Siwa’s double of the rapper and member of Migos.
Neither Parris nor Le Jeune knew more than a handful of the 30 celebrities who attended the game – like the Puerto Rican music artist Residente.
Sam Ryan, 32, crushed $ 15 beer while cheering for Miller and Vinny Castilla. Ryan was more there to watch the stars than the athletes – and he thought the best players on the celeb lineup were the softball phenomena Jennie Finch and Lauren Chamberlain, whom he’d like to have on his softball team.
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Von Miller of the Denver Broncos photographed with fans during the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
(Finch said before the game that everyone wants her on their softball teams, but joked that she couldn’t find a way to make money from it.)
“Watching these TikTok people and rappers try to be athletic is entertainment,” he said. “These people are at the forefront of their work. And in a way, it’s a bit humiliating at times to see these guys try to swing a baseball bat or catch a baseball. And it’s amazing. ”
Le Jeune noted that there were probably more people in the park for the celebrity softball game than for the MLB futures game earlier in the day.
Why would more people want to watch a low stakes softball game rather than the future big league stars?
Parris thinks it’s because people like to be reminded that celebrities are just like us.