Cowboys + Mavs: Inside Dirk's Heroes Game
The Blue Sox trounced Dirk Nowitzki's White Sox 17-5 in Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball game Saturday night at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, dropping the Big German to a paltry 1-3 in his eponymous contest.
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, playing for the Blue Sox, took home the MVP award. The All-Pro lineman was a home run away from completing the cycle. Not bad for a guy who needed batting tips from 105.3 The Fan's Ben Rogers and also is an early exit at the team's annual home run derby.
"Thanks for your support," said the humble Smith, who had help from baseball/football teammates Dunbar and Beasley.. "I want to thank everyone for coming out. We had a great time. Thanks, everybody."
Of course, the real winners were the kids helped out by the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, where most of the gate and proceeds from the event went. The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation helps make a difference for kids with their education, health, and well being.
"Last year was the first sellout in 13 years, and this year we had another sellout," Dirk said. "We're thankful. We're blessed. We're proud that the fans support this event as much as the celebrities that come from all over the US and Dallas. We're humble that so many guys are supporting this event and the fans and the media and the coverage. It's been amazing."
The fun competition was a Cowboys party (Dan Bailey and Ron Leary also participated) and also a reunion of sorts for the Mavs' "Big Three" with Michael Finley and Steve Nash joining Dirk's White Sox. Finley was a third base coach, while Nash played ball in the losing effort.
Said Nash: "It is a great cause. I'd feel a lot better if it was basketball. I don't know what his baseball game is like. It's great to be back in Dallas and be able to support this game and all the work he's put into this foundation has been fantastic. So, I'm glad to be back."
Joining Smith from the Dallas Cowboys were Dan Bailey, Ron Leary, Lance Dunbar, and Dez Bryant, who made three spectacular pop-fly catches while playing left field for Dirk's White Sox. ... and did an aerial backflip in left field to celebrate.
The two-time Pro Bowler wouldn't wait around for reporters asking him about his contract, preferring to sneak away during the Seventh Inning Stretch. But the 26-year-old veteran did spend over five minutes signing autographs for fans as his posse waited for him outside the ballpark. Oh, and CHQ readers are already familiar with his work in the last few days (as Fish and Sully noted on Twitter regarding a feel-good vibe from negotiations) ...
And his plans for the next few days: Of course by now you are aware of the DB.com/CowboysHQ.com exclusive on Dez, Jerry Jones and Tony Romo being involved in the Mavs recruitment of Jordan and Aldridge.
The only negotiations Dez would talk about publicly were those of big men DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers. During an on-field interview over the PA system, Dez told fans to send Jordan and Aldridge messages through Instagram that these centers needed to sign in Dallas.
This was the 14th edition of the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, in front of a near sellout crowd. The Heroes game, which benefits the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, has helped raise $3.4 million in the last few years for Dallas area youth. And once again, the game was once again a smashing success. But in addition to free agent news, the charity -- and the fun -- is the point.