If you happen to be passing through New Britain, Connecticut on August 13 about noonish, you would be wise to stop on by New Britain Stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins Double-A minor league affiliate Rock Cats, to soak in some rays and catch the Road Dogs, a softball team comprised of the Jonas Brothers and their crew, take on the G.O.A.T.S., a “celebrity” softball team consisting of a collection of random ESPN personalities, headed by none other than Matthew Berry. Whee!
The first pitch for the August 13 game was figuratively tossed in May when the Jonas Brothers were guests on an ESPN Fantasy Focuspodcast. They mentioned their “Road Dogs” team, and ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry aka “The Talented Mr. Roto,” challenged them to a game. The team name “G.O.A.T.S,” which is an acronym for “Greatest of All Time” (a common phrase used on the podcast), was submitted by a loyal listener.
While the “Road Dogs” are made up of Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, their band mates and road crew, the ESPN “G.O.A.T.S” will present a line-up including Berry, Mike and Mike in the Morning‘s and SportsCenter‘s Mike Greenberg, SportsNation‘s Michelle Beadle, NFL analyst and former All-Pro defensive end Marcellus Wiley, and Baseball Tonight analyst and former MLB player Eduardo Perez. NFL Live host Trey Wingo will add play-by-play and commentary to the game.
Michelle Beadle, you say? Now that ain’t half-bad, not half-bad at all, especially considering the fact that Buzz Killington himself, Colin Cowherd, will be nowhere to be seen.
Apparently, the game is for charity or something – I don’t know, I didn’t finish reading the release on the Rock Cats’ official site after I lost my train of thought. I guess I got distracted while ruminating over the charms of one Michelle Beadle. She can engorge herself on the wiener I got right here anytime she pleases. But I hope she likes Vienna Beef, though, that’s all I have on hand.
Jonas Brothers & ESPN Meet in Softball Challenge [New Britain Rock Cats]