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Tonight's the night for Fisher & Friends charity softball/PD

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  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    Tonight's the night for Fisher & Friends charity softball
    • By Jim Thomas

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/foot...cle_2940c965-b70e-5adf-bb39-7e78c2db1b0e.html

    For the third consecutive year, Rams coach Jeff Fisher is hosting the Fisher & Friends Celebrity Softball Game at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.

    The game itself starts at 7:15 tonight, but there will be plenty of other festivities including a special Olympics game at 4:30 p.m., a home run derby at 5:45 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m.

    In addition, there will be an autograph-signing session featuring Rams rookies, a silent auction, and a "jersey off their back" raffle.

    As usual, Fisher is extremely confident that his squad will triumph over the squad coached by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

    "Coach Schottenheimer's already working on his post-game losing speech," Fisher said Thursday. "That's how that works. But as far as runs and things like that, I don't know how much I'm gonna win by."

    More than two dozen Rams are scheduled to participate in the game including Tavon Austin, Michael Brockers, Jared Cook, James Laurinaitis, Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Rodger Saffold, Zac Stacy, and 2014 first-round draft picks Greg Robinson, and Aaron Donald.

    Proceeds from the event benefit five charities: The BackStopppers, The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation, Mercy Ministries, Wounded Warrior Project, and Catch-A-Dream Foundation.

    Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the GCS Ballpark.
     
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  2. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    and a "jersey off their back" raffle.

    The only question is "Which cheerleader should I bid on?"
     
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    Fun and shenanigans rule the night during Rams celebrity softball game

    By Ron Clements

    http://ronclements.blogspot.com/2014/06/fun-and-shenanigans-rule-night-during.html

    SAUGET, Ill. – Make no mistake, this was not a softball game for softball players. Sunday evening’s Jeff Fisher Celebrity Softball Game at GCS Ballpark was comprised of professional football players attempting to play softball with spontaneous modifications to traditional softball rules.

    When the fun and shenanigans of the eight-inning, charity game were over, the teams coached by Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer ended with a 22-22 tie. Fisher told the approximately 5,000 fans that if Schottenheimer’s offense scores 22 points a game this season, the defensive-led Rams will win a lot of games.

    “It was definitely fun,” said defensive end Robert Quinn, who set a Rams franchise record with 19 sacks last season. “Coach Fisher has been doing this for awhile and it’s for a great cause. We give the fans something to look forward to and that’s a great feeling.”

    The third annual event benefits charities such as BackStoppers, Catch-A-Dream Foundation, The Jack and J.T. Snow Foundation, Mercy Ministries and The Wounded Warrior Project.

    The game was followed by a 15-minute fireworks display. Before the game, linebacker James Laurinaitis won the Home Run Derby, edging country radio station personality Remy, of 93.7 The Bull, 2-1 in the finals.
    The other derby participants were hip-hop artist Murphy Lee, wide receiver T.J. Moe, safety T.J. McDonald and linebacker Alec Ogletree. None of them hit a homer. Moe came the closest, but Ogletree was the most fun to watch. He bookended his 10 pitches with a pair of swings and misses, including two more in between, fouled several off and hit just two into play. But between each pitch, he was laughing at his softball woes.

    “We play for the Rams, not the Yankees,” Quinn quipped. “I think everybody knows it’s not our job to hit a baseball. As long as we can tackle or drop somebody, I’m all right with it. We just came out here to have fun and hopefully we gave the fans a good show.”

    The fans definitely enjoyed the fun of seeing professional athletes proving themselves mortal while struggling in a sport in which they do not make their living. They laughed and cheered at the good plays, and the bad ones and obtained autographs before and after the game.

    While Laurinaitis was the only Rams player to hit it over the wall – launching a pair of homers out of the stadium – during the Derby, wide receiver Austin Pettis was the first player to go yard during the game. His fourth-inning solo shot to left brought Fisher’s Blue team within two of Schottenheimer’s White team at 11-9. Ogletree’s two-run blast an inning later to left to give his team a 14-9 advantage made up for his previous problems.

    The Rams two first-round draft picks – Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald – both played in the game. Robinson, the 6-foot-5, 332 lineman from Auburn, was on the Blue team while Donald, a 6-1, 285-pound defensive tackle from Pitt, played on Schottenheimer’s squad. The rest of the Rams rookie class, as well as offensive lineman Travis Bond, were in attendance to watch the game and sign autographs.

    Schottenheimer’s team started the game with a 3-0 deficit and two outs in the first. Janoris Jenkins led off the game with an infield single to Austin Pettis at shortstop, but Ogletree grounded out to end the inning. Rodger Saffold came up to bat only to flip it when he realized the first out of the first was also the final out, per Fisher’s implemented rule.

    Saffold led off the second with a ground-rule double and scored on Kenny Britt’s ground-rule double to the right-field corner.

    Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker got the Blue team’s first hit with a one-out double in the second. He tagged up on Greg Robinson’s fly ball to Aaron Donald in right-center and scored on Eugene Sims’ ground ball that was mishandled by White team second baseman Isaiah Pead. Fisher’s team added another phantom run during the final out.

    Schottenheimer’s club tied it at 5-5 in the top of the third thanks to a comedy of errors committed by Fisher’s group. The Blue team started the bottom of the third with the bases loaded by three children. All three scored on infield grounders that resulted in just one out to give the Blue team an 8-5 lead.

    Schottenheimer countered in the top of the fourth by putting a pair of Rams cheerleaders on second and third. Fisher then put Gateway Grizzlies mascot, Izzy, in to pitch to Saffold, who promptly hit a sharp grounder to first to score one run. The White team scored six times in the inning to grab an 11-8 advantage.

    Once Pettis and Ogletree opened the long-ball launch party, backup quarterback Austin Davis hammered one off the GCS Ballpark left-field wall to make it a 14-10 White lead. Thanks to more errors and another awarded run, Fisher’s team was able to trim the lead to 14-13 in the bottom of the fifth.

    After Quinn scored in the bottom of the sixth to tie it, Moe broke the tie with a two-run blast to center field. Laurinaitis added an RBI double to bring in Chris Long. Schottenheimer’s team added four more runs to hold a 20-14 lead during the seventh-inning stretch.

    The Blue team cut it to 20-16 and then loaded the bases for Davis with one out. Davis smacked a two-run single to give Fisher’s squad runners at the corners. Hekker followed with an RBI single to bring in Zac Stacy, who earlier took out part of the fence in center field while attempting to catch Moe’s homer.

    A Pettis single loaded the bases again for McDonald, whose sacrifice fly tied the game. That tie was broken in the top of the eighth on a two-run homer to right field by Britt, who did a pair of flips and a cartwheel down the third base line.

    Stacy led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to the left-center gap and scored on a ground-rule double to right by Lee, whose 9-year-old son was put in as a pinch runner. Pettis then ripped a line drive up the middle that hit the boy in the head. Thankfully, he was OK and Stacy replaced him at second. Lee’s son was named the game MVP.

    With Pettis on first and Stacy at second, Hekker grounded into a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error allowed the tying run to score.

    Quinn said Sunday’s game was a nice mental break from football, but organized team activities resume again this week.

    “We didn’t lose,” Quinn said several minutes after Fisher said his team has still never lost the game. “I can go home knowing that I’m not a loser. That’s a good way to go out.”
     
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    Stacy led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to the left-center gap and scored on a ground-rule double to right by Lee, whose 9-year-old son was put in as a pinch runner. Pettis then ripped a line drive up the middle that hit the boy in the head.

    lol. Jeeeeeeeeez.
     
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    I was there. The Pettis liner was ripped - I can still hear the sound of the ball hitting the boy - who had just been put in, and was wearing an Amendola jersey - in the head. He went down instantly, then was carried by his father into the dugout. The crowd hushed - then about 3 minutes later, someone from the dugout yelled "He's okay!" Whew! The odds of the liner hitting him right there had to have been astronomical.

    Fun event. James Laurinaitis hit a couple homers in the home run derby that were truly majestic - well over the baseball fence, much less softball; Lance Kendrick caught for the white team, left-handed - showed good hands on a couple of tricky popups; Alec Ogletree swung from the heels in the HR derby, never got the ball out of the infield, but hit a long homer during the game; and good grief, are these guys fast!

    Very much fun. Glad the little boy is okay - it's slow-pitch, so several kids were used as pinch-runners with no helmets, etc. I hope the near accident doesn't prompt an over-reaction.
     
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    Rams head coach Jeff Fisher held his 3rd annual charity softball game on Sunday night at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL. Fisher’s Rams players traded in their football equipment for baseball attire to entertain fans and raise money for several local area causes. Fox 2 Sports reporter Zac Choate reports on the annual fun game for Rams players and their fans. Includes comments from Sam Bradford, Jeff Fisher, Kenny Britt, and James Laurinaitis.

    Watch Highlights from Fisher's Charity Softball Game
     
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    His fourth-inning solo shot to left brought Fisher’s Blue team within two of Schottenheimer’s White team at 11-9. Ogletree’s two-run blast an inning later to left to give his team a 14-9 advantage made up for his previous problems.

    Foreshadowing perhaps........hmmm :whistle:
     
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  9. ZigZagRam Well-Known Member

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    Interesting...

    Have they been blue and white in the past?
     
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  10. Bluesy Reppin' the Rams since 2000

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    Yes, that was very scary. I couldn't tell exactly where it hit him when I saw it, but it did look like it hit him in the head. He went straight to the ground, he was out cold. Very scary stuff. He had to have gotten a concussion or something. Everyone was glad he was ok.
     
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  11. Bluesy Reppin' the Rams since 2000

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    The event was great. All the players were very friendly and glad to sign some autographs for the fans too. Got a ball signed by probably 10-15 players, some big name guys on there too, Quinn, Long, Laurinaitis, Cook, Stacy, etc. Hoping to get Donald and Robinson and maybe a few others this year at training camp if I'm lucky. Also got my picture with Long, that was pretty cool. I didn't plan on getting any autographs, but it was so easy and the players were all glad to do it. Great time overall.

    Also, FWIW, T.J. made some awesome plays. I'm not a baseball fan, but I was pretty impressed. Let's hope he does it on the football field as well.
     
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    Good to hear.
     
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  13. Bluesy Reppin' the Rams since 2000

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    Yes I believe they have been blue and white in the past.
     
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