August 15, 2013
CSN to air Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic special
Network to show 90-minute feature on Aug. 26
CHICAGO -- 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 exclusive access highlights and celebrity interviews from the inaugural Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic, being held at historic Wrigley Field. Comcast SportsNet will debut the 90-minute special on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. CT with re-airs on the following dates/times (schedule subject to change): Saturday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. - Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.
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 four 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 and 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, six-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 TVs 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
LEE DEWYZE, Chicago-area native, 2010 winner of "American Idol"
RICHARD MARX, Chicago native, scored 14 No. 1 singles as performer/songwriter-producer
FINESSE MITCHELL, Comedian, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member
THOMAS GIBSON, TV/Film actor
ED SWIDERSKI, Former star of "The Bachelorette"
Along with ...
DAVID KAPLAN, Host of Comcast SportsNet's "SportsTalk Live"
RICHARD ROEPER, National film critic/Chicago 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, Super Bowl champion with the Chicago Bears
RON HARPER, Three-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls
BEN SMITH, Blackhawks right winger
JIM CORNELISON, Blackhawks National Anthem singer
GARRY McCARTHY, Chicago police superintendent
BILLY DEC, Restaurateur
DANNI ALLEN, Chicago-area native, winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser"
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 and Kelli Zink.
Also, former Cubs participating in the celebrity game include: Moises Alou, Michael Barrett, Paul Bako, Scott Eyre, Derrek Lee, Ramon Martinez, Glendon Rusch, Steve Trout and Todd Walker.
Select highlights from the days events on Saturday, Aug. 10, will air that evening on Comcast SportsNet's "GMC SportsNet Central" at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 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 and photo galleries. Fans can follow coverage of the days 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.
About the Wood Family Foundation: The Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in June 2011 by Kerry and Sarah Wood. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in Chicago by raising funds for children's programs. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.