|Jose Canseco and an unnamed member of the opposing|
softball team prior to the charity challenge match.
In the warm up and home-run derby, Canseco wowed the crowd by knocking both baseballs and softballs a long way out of Ottawa’s baseball stadium. There were no official measurements, but even the softballs flew well over 400 feet.
Following the derby, Canseco’s All Stars played a softball game against Malamud’s beer-league team (including yours truly). Despite falling behind early, the All Stars made a big comeback and won the game on a Canseco grand slam that flew so far over the 380-foot sign that guesses on its total distance ranged from 440 to 500 feet. Hitting a baseball that far is difficult enough, but blasting a softball that far is truly impressive.
Kudos to Malamud for pulling such a successful event together in just a few short weeks, and thanks to Jose Canseco for waiving his usual appearance fee to support a worthwhile cause.