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Celebrity Softball Game Elicits Cheers And Boos

At Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, baseball fans got a mix of the young and the old on the diamond. In the Futures game that featured top minor league prospects, the USA team pounded the World team, 17-5.  

Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers drove in three runs. Then the crowd energy picked up for the celebrity softball game.

The stage was a little different for former American Idol winner David Cook of Blue Springs.  He played the outfield in a celebrity softball game in front of a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium.

"It's way more scary. Without question," said Cook. "You know I know how to sing and play guitar. I know how to play softball in front of about five people, but that many people is kind of ridiculous."

The reaction for Cook was more positive than Kansas basketball coach Bill Self who heard boos from Missouri fans, and it appears that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell will need a better season to regain his fans.

NOTE: David Cook will sing the national anthem before Monday's Home Run Derby.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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