PEORIA, Ariz. – Will Ferrell stormed through his Arizona spring training odyssey and emerged — well — just like Will Ferrell.
“Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell,” he said, addressing the crowd at his final stop Thursday night. “Who would have thought that one day those names would be synonymous? Show of hands — scratch that, never mind.”
The star of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Elf” and many other movies started in an Oakland Athletics uniform at noon, then was off to four other ballparks, playing for each team, and at every position along the way.
Ten teams, five ballparks.
“`When I embarked on this journey way back at breakfast,” Ferrell said, “I thought to myself, `Could I do it?’ The answer is yes.”
He hugged a guy in an elf suit as he left Mesa, held up a sign saying “Remember These Games Don’t Count’ as impromptu third base coach for the Chicago Cubs, struck out twice on three pitches each, watched two home runs sail over his head, and chased the ball around the outfield during a challenging stint in left field for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ferrell wore No. 19 for every team except his last one. He didn’t want to wear the late Tony Gwynn’s number, so donned No. 20 for the Padres.