Media buried in Big Train charity game

baseballbatngloveBETHESDA – The Bethesda Big Train held their second annual celebrity softball classic on Saturday in front of a packed Shirley Povich Field. Fans watched as nine Washington Redskins and other athletes dominated prominent media members on the softball field.

“Today you basically saw the war that goes on between gene pools,” said Redskins linebacker Chris Wilson. “You saw the media versus the athletes. Even though the media fought hard and they gave it all they had, when it comes to the athletic gene pool it’s the athletes. There’s simply no comparison.”

During the pregame fan-fest, attendees watched the warm-ups on the field while snagging a few pictures and autographs. Kids surrounded the field hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite Redskin or media personality.

“We had all major media out and nine current Washington Redskins players to head up the athletes team,” said Bethesda Big Train President Adam Dantus. “It was a great game between the athletes and media and the athletes won for the second year in a row.”

The event is to showcase the Big Train and Shirley Povich Field to the community in an effort to gain supporters while raising money for their foundation.

“This is our kickoff event for our summer season which begins June 1 so this game was held a little earlier than last year just to bring awareness, spread the word out to the community that the Big Train is here during the summer,” said Dantus. “We want to show how much fun our games are and also to raise more money for our foundation to build youth baseball fields.”

In his second year playing in the game, Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan Grant Paulsen was just happy to avoid striking out.

“It was fun, I enjoyed myself,” Paulsen said. “My two goals were not to strikeout, I didn’t do that I went 1-2, and not to commit an error in the field. I did have a passed ball but no errors so I’ll accept that.

“Anytime you can get together with people whose work you respect in your own industry and obviously compete against the players that you cover regularly and for a good cause supporting a charity and just getting the community together for a night like this is a lot of fun.”

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise summed up his teams lousy performance with a simple question: “Do they realize (the athletes) get paid to play sports and (the media) don’t?”

After the game Wise was already looking forward to improving his swing for next year’s game.

“It was a great experience but the problem was we didn’t have anybody that could hit and I got to go to the batting cages,” Wise said. “Kristen Berset of Channel 9 News has to go to the batting cages. We don’t hit for power or average, we have real major problems.”

Among other athletes, Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Cooley, Kedric Golston, Kai Forbath, Chris Wilson, Nick Sundberg, Ladell Betts, Derrick Frost, Keiland Williams and Perry Riley Redskins represented the Redskins on the athlete’s team.

Chick Hernandez (Comcast SportsNet), Rocky Parrish (106.7 The Fan/NFLPA), Doug Kammerer (NBC4), Chris Styles (95.5 FM) and Nicole Darin (Comcast SportsNet) among others rounded out the media’s team.

By Tim Schwartz

MoCoVox Sports

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