KAUFFMAN STADIUM - The men (and a few women) in Royals jerseys getting much of the attention at Kauffman Stadium Friday night weren't on the team's roster-- and few displayed much athletic ability at all.
They were the hosts of Big Slick, a celebrity-packed weekend fundraiser that has raised $1.5 million for Children's Mercy Hospital over the last four years.
The main event Friday, after a morning visit to the hospital, was a "sponge ball" game at the "Little K" field inside Kauffman Stadium.
Hosts Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis captained the Blue and White teams, each packed with movie and television stars.
Many, including Rudd, Sudeikis and fellow co-hosts Eric Stonestreet, David Koechner and Rob Riggle have Kansas City ties.
Riggle, from Overland Park, joked with reporters after the game.
"Every year you just try to do your best. That's it," he said when asked about the event's growth from a simple poker tournament in year one. "I sound like a ball player now. Just one day at a time. We're going to take it one day at a time. One dollar at a time. The good lord willing we're going to get a big win for Children's Mercy."