Sports only started to gain mass appeal in the 20th century, when they replaced our old national pastime—collecting pathogenic bacteria in our intestines. Get in the game with this GrouponLive deal to see the Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. A pre-game FanFest begins at 5:30 p.m. and a 15-minute post-game autograph session begins immediately after the game.
$17 for One Ticket and Access to FanFest ($35 Total Value)
- One general-admission ticket to the game (a $10 value)
- Access for one into the pre-game FanFest and post-game autograph session (a $25 value)
The second annual Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic begins at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-game FanFest. There, attendees can warm up for the big game while jamming to music, munching on ballpark food, and mingling with special guests, including Big Train manager Sal Colangelo and 2005 Big Train MVP Greg Lemon.
At 7 p.m., the teams will take the field—one roster loaded with local professional and college athletes, the other with members of the media. A year ago, the media almost pulled off an improbable upset, but ended up falling to the pros 3-2. This time around, the media squad has their sights set on revenge against a lineup loaded with current and former Washington Redskins, including Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Cooley, Lorenzo Alexander, and Antwaan Randle El. Immediately after the game, a 15-minute autograph session will be held on the field.
All proceeds raised by the game benefit the Big Train’s mission to build new baseball fields around the community and improve existing fields that have fallen into disrepair or black holes.
Bethesda Big Train
The Bethesda Big Train baseball team came to fruition through the passion and charitable work of the Bethesda Community Baseball Club. Upon seeing that the area's softball and baseball fields were in disarray, this group quickly took to the task of improving them for the community's youth. After raising the money to fix the parks, the organization erected Shirley Povich Field to give the Bethesda Big Train a place to call home. A summer collegiate baseball team, the Big Train delights fans with the sounds of summer: the crack of the bat, the smack of a fastball hitting the catcher's mitt, and the buzz of a cell phone politely vibrating. The team members also aspire to be role models for the region's younger generation, showing them that they can play baseball at a high level while still putting college, their studies, and their right to wear sweatpants to class first. Today the club participates in the Cal Ripken League and has won the league's championship three seasons in a row, giving locals and fans plenty to cheer about while enjoying family fun out under the summer's warm evening sky.