Famed MLB superstar and sometimes-comedian Will Ferrell ended his illustrious career with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday. He left the team with a memorable 0.00 ERA.
Ferrell pitched all of one-third of an inning during his time with the Dodgers, facing the San Diego Padres minor leaguer Rico Noel, who, obviously fearing Ferrell’s simultaneous possession of skill and power, decided to bunt the ball back to Ferrell, who then threw him out at first. Perfection.
"Is there life in this 47-year-old arm?" Ferrell asked. There certainly was. Yet despite an essentially perfect pitching performance, Ferrell was told by the team after the at-bat that he had been traded away to another team: the San Diego Padres.
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"Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell," Ferrell said that night, according to the Associate Press. "Who would have thought that one day those names would be synonymous? Show of hands -- scratch that, never mind."
Ferrell played nine positions with 10 teams in five different ballparks on Thursday. His one-of-a-kind career will be made into a HBO special set to air later this year. Some of the memorabilia from his historic day will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer.
"When I embarked on this journey way back at breakfast," Ferrell said, "I thought to myself, 'Could I do it?' The answer is yes."