Normally, when you hear about a professional athlete’s celebrity event, it’s a golf, softball or bowling competition, or something like that. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki‘s third annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, however, is unique because it’s baseball – -and because it’s Nowitzki!
Like his event, which takes place on June 21 at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, Nowitzki’s personality is very underrated. The German has a way of making his non-basketball activities really fun, whether it’s putting on a broadcaster’s headset during a game while injured or hosting this truly unique event every summer.
Nowitzki, in spite of his German roots, has a way of relating to the fans in Dallas. Of course, people in Dallas love their Texas Rangers, so Nowitzki having fun with the sport of baseball, which is foreign to him, is beyond endearing.
And simply from an incongruous standpoint, seeing the 7-foot Nowitzki put on a baseball uniform and swing a bat is a surreal spectacle. “It’s going be dope,” said Nowitzki in a recent promotional video for the event. And it’s really hard to argue with Nowitzki, who has invited the likes of ring-less NBA legend and all-around funny man Charles Barkley before.
More than anything, Mavericks fans get to come out to the ballpark, meet Nowitzki and his celebrity friends, and just take in the magic of the event. You don’t see other stars like Carmelo Anthony or Kobe Bryant putting together a celebrity baseball tournament, and you couldn’t picture LeBron James doing it either.
But Nowitzki has a wacky, almost weird side of him. Just look at the promotional picture for the event — Nowitzki has got his glove covering his face, while his eyes look out intensely, mimicking legendary MLB pitcher Randy Johnson. That’s funny! And Nowitzki is funny. The event should be great as always, and tickets can be bought on Nowitzki’s Facebook page.