Playing softball takes coordination, upper-body strength, and the courage to run counterclockwise even though that direction is normally only for the immoral and weak-hearted. See strong-willed Americans with this GrouponLive deal to see the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Saturday, April 27. The home-run derby starts at 6 p.m., followed by the all-star game at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Choose between two options:
- $14.99 for two general-admission tickets (a $30 value)
- $29.99 for four general-admission tickets (a $60 value)
In its third year, the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game peppers Salt River Fields with line drives and gargantuan homers, all in the name of charity. Money raised during the event benefits the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, an effort that supports positive activities for kids and health-related organizations across the country. Arizona Cardinals star receiver and six-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald hosts the family-focused event, which, in the past, has showcased the softball skills and sunflower-seed-spitting prowess of such NFL stars as Anquan Boldin, Donovan McNabb, and Kurt Warner. The evening starts with a bang as this year's participating players compete in a home-run derby, followed directly by the all-star game.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Amid the smell of blooming hyacinths and the colorful ensigns of freshly emerged butterflies, one need only turn to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for proof of an encroaching spring. As the spring-training grounds for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the park—named as an homage to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community—sports 12 baseball diamonds, giving fans ample opportunity to watch the action and practice voicing play-by-plays of groundskeepers mowing the adjacent fields. In addition to spring-training bouts, Salt River Fields also hosts numerous special events, such as arts festivals and charity sports events.