San Diego baseball fans are in for a comedic curveball Saturday night at Petco Park: funnyman Will Ferrell is set to take the field following the Padres vs. Dodgers game for the premiere of his latest project.
According to the Padres communications office, the actor will host a special screening of his new HBO comedy special, “Ferrell Takes the Field,” at the ballpark in downtown San Diego.
Fans in the stands will be able to watch the premiere of the documentary immediately following the MLB game as part of “Baseball Night in San Diego.” The Padres vs. Dodgers match-up begins at 5:40 p.m.
Ferrell will be on-hand to introduce the screening, likely with some jokes and jabs on deck.
Petco Park seems like a fitting place for the premiere of the baseball documentary, as fans will recall Ferrell made his rounds as a member of the Padres while filming the HBO special in March.
After that filming session, the San Diego Padres posted a video clip that showed Ferrell joking with then-manager Bud Black about his chances of making the team.
"How many other 47-year-olds do you have on your roster?" Ferrell asked Black.
“At least four or five,” he quickly added, garnering a laugh from Black.
“Ferrell Takes the Field” – from Funny or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball – chronicles Ferrell’s one-of-a-kind spring training blitz on March 12, 2015, when he took the field playing nine different positions for 10 different MLB teams, including the Padres.
The documentary debuts on HBO Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. PT.
Ferrell, who’s the executive producer of the project, is dedicating the documentary to the fight against cancer via the charity, Cancer for College.
Ferrell is also using the project to honor the historical feat of MLB legend and Kansas City/Oakland Athletics alum, Bert “Campy” Campaneris. In September 1965, the young, popular player became the first to play every position in one MLB game.
Check out the trailer for "Ferrell Takes the Field" above or here.