Every year, the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki hosts a celebrity baseball game in Dallas, and all the proceeds from the event goes towards the charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, according to Mavs Moneyball.
For that reason alone, it’s a great event, but it’s made even more fun by the fact that it draws in a ton of athletes, ranging from Dirk himself to former teammate Jason Terry, current teammate Monta Ellis, NFL players like Terrell Owens and Tony Romo, and finally, MLB players such as Vernon Wells and Pudge Rodriguez.
But really, it’s the opportunity to watch Dirk Nowitzki, a shoo-in for the NBA’s Hall of Fame one day, try to play baseball that makes it thoroughly entertaining. After all, who bunts in a home run derby, and who hugs the umpire when running through the first base? The answer to both those questions: Dirk does.
Dirk should probably just stick to the thing that has helped him become champion and a 12-time All-Star, though. Sadly, baseball isn’t for everyone. I mean, if Tracy McGrady and Michael Jordan can’t make the jump from the NBA to the MLB, I don’t fancy Dirk’s odds.