Will Ferell makes Arizona Diamondbacks debut in Spring Training tilt

Mar 13, 2015, 2:57 AM | Updated: 4:49 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Salt River Fields was a movie set Thursday for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Cactus League tilt with the Cincinnati Reds.

Will Ferrell — a.k.a. Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, the list goes on — was there to star for both the D-backs and Reds. The stint was part of a Funny Or Die special that will air on HBO later this year. It will also help raise funds for cancer organizations.

The stadium was packed with 12,921 fans anxiously waiting for the actor to take the field. And at the top of the 6th inning, subtle Ferrell chants rang from the rails of the left lawn. Spectators leaned against them, waiting to get that first glimpse of Ferrell taking the field.

But security swooped by, instructing them to sit.

The wait was short. The man of the game arrived in the bottom half of that inning, walking out of the left tunnel entrance. Phones popped up for pictures and the crowd cheered.

Ferrell high-fived D-backs players along their side of the field as he headed for the dugout.

At the start of the 7th inning, Ferrell manned left field for the D-backs, who were trailing 9-1. He sprang into action fast as reliever J.C. Ramirez’s first pitch thrown was lined his way for a Kyle Skipworth double. He scooped the ball up and threw it to third, which ignited the fans.

“Good hustle number 19!” one yelled.

The fans chanted “Ferrell” prompting a few “thank-you’s” from the man himself.

While he waited for another pitch, one man quipped, “That’s a lot of room to do activities in,” referencing the movie Step Brothers, which Ferrell stars in.

In all, Ferrell made three plays in left during the half-inning and the Reds added three runs in the frame.

“Save the game!” someone yelled.

One man persistently shouted at the left fielder and screamed, “Do it for baby Jesus,” to which Farrell said, “I’m afraid you’re going to lose your voice.”

After Ramirez struck out Taylor Sparks to end the inning, Ferrell stopped by Section 120 and passed out free hot dogs.

The Roth family received some of those. Dustin Roth, attending the game with his mother and brother, is a Ferrell fan, but said he didn’t know the actor was coming he heard it on the radio the evening before.

Roth said his favorite Ferrell flick is Anchorman.

“He can be any character he wants to be,” he said.

Ron Martinez has seen a few Ferrell’s movies but isn’t the biggest of fans. Yet the actor’s play impressed him.

“He doesn’t have much (for) legs but we don’t when we get older,” he joked.

Ferrell stuck with the D-backs until the top of the 8th inning, when he swapped Sedona red for Cincinnati red to join manager Bryan Price and the Reds.

An out in, he ran onto the field and positioned himself at third base for the remainder of the inning.

“I guess you got traded!” one woman called out.

But his Reds debut was short-lived. Two more outs, and he left the field to the tune of Brennan Huff’s rendition of “Por Ti Volare.”

Fans followed suit. They lined up outside the stadium as Farrell high-fived them and boarded a helicopter wearing a White Sox uniform, signaling his next stop — Camelback Ranch.

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Actor Will Ferrell plays shortstop for the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian planned to play for 10 teams at five spring training games, playing every position along the way. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell make a drinking gesture, while playing shortstop for the Oakland A's, behind umpire Jim Joyce during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. Telling everyone "I'm a five-tool guy," Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday through five Arizona spring training games. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell warms up at shortstop for the Oakland Athletics prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. Telling everyone "I'm a five-tool guy," Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday through five Arizona spring training games. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell warms up at shortstop for the Oakland Athletics prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. Ferrell is filming a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell shows off his cap as he plays second base for the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell is listed fifth on the lineup for the Oakland Athletics prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. Ferrell is filming a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell calls the runner out as he plays second base for the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, left, warms up for the Oakland Athletics prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, second from right, warms up for the Oakland Athletics prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. Telling everyone "I'm a five-tool guy," Will Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday through five Arizona spring training games. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell plays second base for the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell acknowledges the fans after playing second base for the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Atletics, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell runs to the dugout after playing second base for the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, left, tips his cap after playing shortstop for the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, left, talks with Seattle Mariners first base coach Andy Van Slyke before Ferrell played in a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, left, talks it over with Oakland Athletics second baseman Andy Parrino during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, right, congratulates Oakland Athletics' Brett Lawrie after the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York) Actor Will Ferrell, right, replaces Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout in the outfield during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell dressed as a Los Angeles Angels player hangs out in the dugout during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell arrives dressed as a Los Angeles Angels during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell dressed as a Los Angeles Angels player yells to ball players during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell plays first base for the Chicago Cubs during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell, right, replaces Chicago Cubs first baseman Mike Olt during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell bats for the Chicago Cubs during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian planned to play for 10 teams at five spring training games, playing every position along the way. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell plays first base for the Chicago Cubs during the Cubs' spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian planned to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell, acting as the third base coach, talks to Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell during the team's spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell play first base for the Chicago Cubs during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell throws the ball as he plays center field for the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell holds up his glove as he plays center field for Los Angeles Angels during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell holds up a sign as he plays the Chicago Cubs third base coach during a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Actor Will Ferrell talks to fans after he played left field for the Arizona Diamonbacks during a spring training baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Diamondbacks on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum)
Actor Will Ferrell attempts to tap gloves with San Diego Padres center fielder Wil Myers at the close of an inning in which Ferrell played right field for the Padres, against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Actor Will Ferrell exits the dugout wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform as he comes in to pitch in a spring training baseball game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Actor Will Ferrell pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Actor Will Ferrell jogs from the pitcher's mound after being removed from the game by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, right, during a spring training baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Actor Will Ferrell, playing right field for the San Diego Padres in a spring training baseball game, leaps at the right field fence long ax a home run by Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson cleared the fence by a wide margin Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Actor Will Ferrell addresses the crowd after playing for both teams in a spring training baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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