Royals Provide Plenty of Laughs in Blowout Loss to Cardinals

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 22: Actors Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle throw out the first pitch before an interleague game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Before the game tonight, comedians Rob Riggle, Jason Sudiekis, and Paul Rudd hosted a celebrity wiffle ball game that included the likes of George Wendt, Eric Stonestreet, Olivia Wilde, and Johnny Knoxville. The game went so well, the Royals invited the trio of hosts to pitch that evening's ballgame against the St. Louis Cardinals. While there was some confusion as the Cardinals protested that it was against the rules to have three pitchers on the mound at the same time, there was apparently a loophole in MLB rules if the stunt was done for comedic purposes.

The stunt did indeed provide belly-laughs as the Cardinals battered around the amateur athletes. Riggle, Sudeikis, and Rudd managed to give up seven runs in just over an inning of work, an astoundingly awful performance that surely any professional pitcher worth a hill of beans could have improved upon. While southpaw Jason Sudeikis did manage to stifle some of the left-handed hitters, Riggle struggled with his command, while Rudd seemingly did not know the rules of the game, often attempting to "pitch" to the wrong base.

Royals players were good sports about the comedic festivities, and went along with it by giving a performance worthy of the Washington Generals. Salvador Perez, having missed the memo on the event while rehabbing in Omaha, did collect two hits including a home run in his return. But Jeff Francoeur was more than willing to go along with playing the fool, going 0-4, delighting the fans with his knucklehead antics.

Already there is talk of a sequel, with a release date as early as tomorrow night.

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