FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR 90-MINUTE HIGHLIGHTS & INTERVIEWS SPECIAL FROM THE INAUGURAL “WOODY’S WIFFLE BALL CLASSIC,” FEATURING TOP NATIONAL & LOCAL CELEBRITIES
Network to provide “exclusive access” coverage of this Saturday’s ‘Wood Family Foundation’s’ massive charity event at Wrigley Field on Monday, August 26 at 7:00 PM CT;
“SportsNet Central” & CSNChicago.com to provide highlights/interviews from the “Classic” on Saturday, August 10
“Celebrity Game” to feature BILL MURRAY, MATTHEW PERRY, JENNY McCARTHY and many more!
Chicago, IL (August 7, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will produce and present viewers with a “exclusive access” highlights & celebrity interviews special from this upcoming Saturday’s inaugural “WOODY’S WIFFLE BALL CLASSIC,” being held at historic Wrigley Field. Comcast SportsNet will debut the 90-minute special on Monday, August 26 at 7:00 PM CT with re-airs on the following dates/times (schedule subject to change): Sat, Aug 31 at 1pm – Wed, Sept 11 at 2pm & Sat, Sept. 21 at 4pm.
Benefiting the Wood Family Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by legendary Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah, “Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic” will take place on the field itself, which will be built out to look like 4 separate fields — Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Iowa’s “Field of Dreams” — each with backdrops and balls being hit into the bleachers. Comcast SportsNet’s special presentation coverage of “Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic” (hosted by PAT BOYLE) will feature highlights & exclusive interviews from several of the day’s events including the Home Run Derby, Corporate Challenge, and, of course – the main event – the “Wiffle for a Diffle CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT” featuring an all-star roster of some of the biggest names on the national/local sports and entertainment scene. Confirmed celebrity participants include:
BILL MURRAY – Oscar-nominated actor/comedian, Chicago entertainment legend
MATTHEW PERRY – Multiple Emmy/Golden Globe-nominated actor
JENNY McCARTHY – Chicago native, actress/model/activist, Sun-Times Splash contributor
GEORGE WENDT – Chicago native, 6-time Emmy-nominated actor
CM PUNK – Chicago native, WWE champion
JOSH CHARLES – Emmy-nominated star of “The Good Wife”
NEIL FLYNN – Chicago native, popular star on TV’s “Scrubs”
D.B SWEENEY – TV/Film actor
KRISTY SWANSON – TV/Film actress
KEVIN FARLEY – TV/Film actor
THOMAS GIBSON – TV/Film actor
LISA GUERRERO – Chicago native, award-winning sports/entertainment journalist
RICHARD MARX – Chicago native, scored 14 #1 singles as performer/songwriter-producer
FINESSE MITCHELL – Comedian, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member
THOMAS GIBSON – TV/Film actor
DANNI ALLEN – Chicago-area native, winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
LEE DEWYZE – Chicago-area native, 2010 winner of “American Idol”
ED SWIDERSKI – Former star of “The Bachelorette”
DAVID KAPLAN – Host of Comcast SportsNet’s “SportsTalk Live”
RICHARD ROEPER – National film critic/Sun-Times columnist/Radio host on WLS-AM
ROE CONN – Radio host on WLS-AM
ERIC FERGUSON – Radio host on WTMX-FM
KATHY HART – Radio host on WTMX-FM
STEVE McMICHAEL – Former Super Bowl champion Chicago Bear
RON HARPER – Former 3-time NBA champion Chicago Bull
BEN SMITH – Blackhawks right winger
JIM CORNELISON – Blackhawks National Anthem singer
GARRY McCARTHY – Chicago Police Superintendent
BILLY DEC – Restaurateur
Additional local media celebrities participating include: Ryan Baker, Lou Canellis, Ryan Chiaverini, Janet Davies, Anna Davlantes, Brotha Fred, Megan Glaros, Daniella Guzman, Catie Keogh, Natalie Martinez, Pete McMurray, Michelle Menaker, Dionne Miller, Jane Monzures, J Niice, Allison Rosati, Tracy Schmidt, Marc Silverman, Sarah Spain, Rafer Weigel, Derrick Young & Kelli Zink.
ALSO — former Cubs participating in the Celebrity game to include: MOISES ALOU – MICHAEL BARRETT – PAUL BAKO – SCOTT EYRE – DERREK LEE – RAMON MARTINEZ – GLENDON RUSCH – STEVE TROUT & TODD WALKER.
Select highlights from the day’s events on Saturday, August 10 will air that evening on Comcast SportsNet’s GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by CLR at midnight. Plus, Comcast SportsNet’s digital outlet – CSNChicago.com – will provide fans with additional coverage including write-ups from digital producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), multimedia event footage/interviews & photo galleries. Fans can follow coverage of the day’s event on Twitter via @CSNChicago or @Wood_Foundation.
For tickets and more information on supporting this very special Wood Family Foundation special event, fans are urged to visit woodyswiffleballclassic.org.