An All Star Event

Latino celebrities come out swinging at softball fundraiser

By Ana-Yoli
Published on LatinoLA: October 10, 2002

An All Star Event

If invited to a celebrity softball game, would you go? What if you were told that after the game you could chat and take pictures with well-known Latino celebrities like Esai Morales, Sheila E, Nicolas Gonzales, Tony Plana, or Roselyn Sanchez, would you then go? I know I'd go. In fact, I went!

On Saturday, October 5, I saw the cast and crew of Resurrection Blvd. play a friendly game of softball against Latino Allstars, in what they called the First Annual Latino Celebrity Softball game. The fundraiser was co-hosted by Mayor Jim Hahn and the City of LA and sponsored by Latino Entertainment Media Institute (LEMI) to benefit the Salesian Boys & Girls Club.

Being the baseball fan that I am, I couldn't miss an opportunity such as this. I headed out totally excited to see los guapotones of Esai Morales and Nicholas Gonzales. But when I got there, a little late, I figured there would be no good seats left and I would have to use binoculars to watch them up close. To my surprise and shock there were plenty of seats available.

Actually there were too many seats left; the attendance at the event was low. This was bizarre considering the Latino talents that were there.

In between innings the DJ entertained us with music from Celia Cruz, Elvis Crespo, Shakira, and also some old school goodies. I wasn't the only one feeling the music that night. Esai Morales felt it too, as he danced his way to bat. He had the few that were there screaming and shouting his name. He was doing some break dancing moves with a combination of hip movement which got all his female fans all enthused.

This guy has all the right moves!

Of course, I want to believe he did that especially for me. Let me tell you, he gets a perfect Sabroso TEN! His dancing is too hot to handle, gives any sane girl the chills!

Other stars playing that night included the beautiful Rosalyn Sanchez, Ruth Livier, Danny Trejo, Tony Plana, Adam Rodriguez and Joy Enriquez, who sang the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game.

Everyone on the field seemed to be having a good time.

The girls on the team had good swings. My hat's off to Ruth who hit extremely well and got on base several times. Crowd favorites included Tony and Danny who played their hearts out and got the fans all into the game.

The only thing, I was bothered by the announcer, who didn't know who was at bat each time. For some reason he couldn't see the player's number and would ask each to identify themselves, which I thought was very tacky.

In the first inning the Allstar team had a 12 to nothing lead over team Resurrection Blvd but at the end of the game it was Resurrection Blvd who came from behind to win with a score of 24.

I was glad to have been there to enjoy a good softball game and to see some of my favorite celebrities. Those that missed it this time around can catch it next year. It's a must attend event that needs everyone's support, so put it in your calendar, you won't regret it.

About Ana-Yoli:
Ana-Yoli has the line on all the Latino celebs. Watch for her on LatinoLA.com!

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