"I've spent my entire career, including since my arrival in Seattle as General Manager, looking to identify and procure talent," said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik. "I can say with confidence that I've never scouted a talent like Will before.
"At first it was difficult for me to project a big league position for him, but as I considered the balletic grace he showed on the ice in Blades of Glory, the raw athleticism on the court in Semi Pro, and the burning desire to win - who can forget his credo: "If you're not first, you're last" - in Talladega Nights it became clear to me that he should be a middle-of-the-field player."
A list of the games at which Ferrell will be playing is below:
March 12 (all times Pacific; subject to change)
12:05 p.m. - Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
1:10 p.m. - Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
2:10 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
4:05 p.m. - San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (ss) (Camelback Ranch)
6:15 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)
Ferrell's goal is to honor "Campy" Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.
An important part of the fund-raising efforts will be game-used memorabilia from Ferrell's journey across the five ballparks to be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research. MLB is the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer.
Ferrell's historic day will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special which will air later this year and also feature MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans. Fans can follow along live and on-demand throughout the day across MLB Network, MLB.com, (CLUB.com) and the official accounts on social media platforms.
On Sept. 8, 1965, Campaneris, in only his second Major League season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. Campaneris is expected to be there with Ferrell as he begins his journey tomorrow.
The Mariners agreed to move the start time for tomorrow's game against the A's to 12:05 pm. This adjustment from the original 1:05 time slot was to accommodate a request by Major League Baseball as part of the collaboration with HBO and Funny Or Die to film the project tomorrow.