Zaniness is the order of the day at celebrity wiffle ball game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnny Knoxville grabbed two bats. Got a hit.
 
Samm Levine grabbed like four. Two more base knocks.
 
J.K. Simmons grabbed a big white folding chair. Hell, he reached base, too.
 
Or rather, he would have, if Wilmer Valderrama wasn’t running the bases for him — including the mad dash to first base.
 
That’s the beauty of Big Slick Celebrity Wiffle Ball Game, which on Friday celebrated its fourth year at Kauffman Stadium: It’s a water-balloon-tossing, beer-swilling, starry-eyed load of anything goes. The only rule is that they’re allowed to make up the rules as they go.
 
It’s bad wiffle ball for a great cause: “Big Slick,” now in its fourth year, has raised roughly $1 million for the cancer center at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, the brainchild of the families of a trio of Kansas Citians-gone-Hollywood: Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), Paul Rudd (“Anchorman”) and Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”).
 
In the past, it’s also brought showbiz stars such as Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm to the Royals’ orbit; this year, the weekend event — which starts with a wiffle ball game and culminates in a charity poker tournament and a celebrity party/auction — includes the likes of Olivia Wilde, J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man”), Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), Will Forte (“MacGruber”), and Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”), a native of Canada who informed spectators that she’d never played any sort of baseball/softball/wiffle ball before in her life.
 
Which — for this game, at least — meant she fit right in.
 
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