Evan Malamud is a diehard baseball fan, softball player, and, most importantly, a father of three, including to his son and sports fanatic Jaedyn, who was diagnosed with autism several years ago at the age of two. Looking for a way to give back to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario—where Jayden has received treatment since his diagnosis—Evan recently challenged six-time MLB all-star, former MVP, and one of his personal favourite players, Jose Canseco, to a charitable homerun derby via Twitter. Then, in a twist worthy of a Hollywood script or elementary school daydream, Canseco accepted.
On May 12, cloud-scraping softballs will be launched across Canada's capital in an effort to not only raise autism awareness, but also to raise funds for Jaedyn's hospital. After Malamud and Canseco square off in a head-to-head homerun derby, the pitch pummelling continues during a celebrity softball game where public figures, such as former Ottawa Senator Shaun Van Allen, clash for diamond supremacy. Sports fans can also expand their memorabilia collections during a charitable auction after the game, or at a Jose Canseco autograph signing on Friday, May 11, at Hazeldean Mall. There, the legendary slugger will dish out signatures to collectors and apologies to numerous broken bats.