MESA, Ariz. -- We now have the official reason why Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game was moved from a daytime 1:05 p.m. start to a 6:15 p.m. start in Peoria. It will be the final stop on actor Will Ferrell's tour around the Cactus League.
Ferrell is filming a special for HBO through Funny or Die and MLB Productions that will see him play 10 different positions in five different ballparks in the Cactus League on Thursday, traveling to and from each park by helicopter.
The project is dedicated to the fight against cancer and will raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer and Cancer for College. Ferrell will also be joined by Bert Campaneris, the former infielder who played all nine positions for the Athletics on Sept. 8, 1965 (the day before Sandy Koufax's perfect game).
Ferrell's schedule begins at noon:
- 12:05 p.m. - Mariners at A's (Mesa)
- 1:10 p.m. - Cubs at Angels (Tempe)
- 2:10 p.m. - Reds at Diamondbacks (Scottsdale)
- 4:05 p.m. - Giants at White Sox (Glendale)
- 6:15 p.m. - Dodgers at Padres (Peoria)
Ferrell will pitch for the Dodgers and will play outfield for the Padres.
It was fun to joke about the Padres ignoring outfield defense before, but adding Will Ferrell is over the top— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 11, 2015
He will also be an umpire at some point in the Dodgers-Padres game.
Earlier today, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly extolled the defensive virtues of Enrique Hernandez, who is playing third base today in Mesa and has played second base, shortstop and center field as well so far this spring. Mattingly was asked if Hernandez could pull off all nine positions in one game.
"I would think he would be just as good an athlete as Will Ferrell," Mattingly quipped. "I don't know if he's that well rounded. Probably not the skating, but he can probably drive fast."
Ferrell's exploits will be shown all day on MLB Network, the various team sites including Dodgers.com, as well as official MLB social media platforms.
The television broadcast of the Dodgers-Padres game is a little odd on Thursday as well. The broadcast will be produced by MLB Network, and will feature Matt Vasgersian, Rick Monday, Alanna Rizzo as well as Padres announcer Mark Grant. It will be shown on both SportsNet LA and MLB Network, but as per usual will be blacked out on MLB Network in the Dodgers markets.