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.
- $17 for one ticket to the Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Game, plus a priority meet-and-greet autograph session after the game (a $35 value)
- When: Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Shirley Povich Field
- Door time: 5:30 p.m.
- Seating: General admission
The Scouting Report
The third-annual Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Game kicks up dust with a sandlot showdown between two rosters of local luminaries—one loaded with local professional and college athletes, the other with members of the media. In the two previous installments of this mid-spring classic, the media have not fared well, losing both games—including a 10–3 drubbing last April. 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, Lorenzo Alexander, Antwaan Randle El, Chris Cooley, and Fred Smoot. After the game, purchasers can mingle with both media and athletes alike and ask for them to sign sports memorabilia or the rabbit ears from their grandparents’ television.
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.