Dallas Mavericks: Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

Heroes game raises money for charity

June, 30, 2012
6/30/12
8:58
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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dirk Nowitzki Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game had a couple of purposes. It brought a full list of celebrities together to have fun playing some baseball, but most importantly, it raised money for a good cause.

The proceeds gathered from Saturday's sellout at Dr Pepper Ballpark are going towards the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

"I did this because it's just such a great cause," Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said over the P.A. system during the game. "Dirk is a great friend, and I wanted to help him out."

Kevin Mench wins Heroes home run derby

June, 30, 2012
6/30/12
6:49
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FRISCO, Texas -- Former Texas Rangers player Kevin Mench walked away with the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby title Saturday with an impressive final-round showing.

The celebrities got a chance to show off their talents in a home run derby. Four markers on the field represented 100, 200, 300 and 400 points. The further the ball traveled, the more points the celebrity was awarded. A home run was worth 500 points.

Mench took the title with ease totaling 2,800 points in the final round, including three bombs out of the park. Former major leaguer Ben Grieve finished second with 1,500 points with one home run. Josh Henderson, who stars in the new "Dallas" TV series, was the third finalist finishing with 800 points in the final round.

Other notables:

* Dirk Nowitzki had a nice swing and took a couple of good cuts at the ball, but he couldn't quite find his home run rhythm.

* Charles Barkley gave it a valiant effort but failed to get the ball out of the infield.

* Vince Carter had one nice swing to deep left field. Delonte West and Rick Carlisle also had a good showing.

* Terrell Owens put a couple of good swings together to get 400 points. Dez Bryant showed his athleticism putting 600 points on the board.

* ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben Rogers outclassed his co-host Jeff "Skin" Wade. Rogers finished with 400 points with a couple of shots that landed foul, while Wade didn't get on the board.

Packed house expected for Heroes game

June, 30, 2012
6/30/12
5:54
PM CT
FRISCO, Texas -- Things are set to get underway at Dr Pepper Ballpark -- the home of the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders -- for the 2012 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m.

A full house is expected for first pitch as fans are filing in during the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby.

There are a couple of no-shows for today's festivities. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is in Los Angeles for the filming of Shark Tank. Jason Terry couldn't make because he's coaching his daughter's AAU basketball team.

Heroes game to go on without world champs

July, 6, 2011
7/06/11
9:00
AM CT
Something will be missing among the star power participating in Saturday's 10th edition of the Reebok Heroes Charity Baseball Game at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

Dallas Stars sure-fire Hall of Famer Mike Modano, whose charity is a beneficiary of the event, will be there. Cowboys stars DeMarcus Ware and Bradie James will take the field. So will former Cowboys greats Drew Pearson and Everson Walls, as well as a variety of big- and small-screen actors.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and team president Donnie Nelson will also be there. Cuban, however, will leave his glove at home. He's on the shelf, rehabbing a torn rotator cuff (no surgery as of yet). Cuban will stay busy though, hanging in the stands with his newest best friend, the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy, and posing for pictures with fans.

So what's missing?

How about Cuban's world champs?

For the first time in at least the last five years of the Heroes game, no Dallas Mavericks players will participate. It's not official, but it certainly appears that the reason comes down to one nasty word: lockout.

The NBA forbids team executives and coaches from talking to players during the lockout, which took effect last Thursday night. For that reason, it appears, no Mavs players are on the roster with Cuban and Nelson out there (and possibly a David Stern spy drone flying overhead).

Last year, Jason Kidd played. James Singleton represented in 2009 with Jason Terry doing the honors in 2008 and Devin Harris in 2007. In 2006, Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Marquis Daniels all hit the diamond.

Would the NBA really frown on Mavs players mingling with team brass at such a fan-friendly charity event? Well, it's hard to say. An NBA spokesman said he didn't know enough about the event to make a call. He did, however, mention that there are exceptions. For instance, Cuban and the Mavs will be together for the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Miami Heat coaches were given the green light to attend Chris Bosh's wedding.

It would seem Cuban, Nelson and any Mavs players could play ball for charity without violating any lockout codes of silence.

But then, sillier things have happened.

So if you're headed to the game, congratulate Nelson on all his right roster moves, applaud Cuban for his postseason composure and encourage him to fight through his rotator cuff rehab. Take a picture with the trophy.

But barring a last-minute change, don't expect to get a glimpse of the world champs.

Special guest slated for Heroes Celebrity game

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
6:29
PM CT
Add a famous newcomer to the always power-packed lineup of celebrity athletes that will be on hand for the ninth-annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. on July 9 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trail).

Joining the famous faces of Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Donnie Nelson, Everson Walls, Jason Witten and Dave Annabel, among others, will be none other than the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the NBA's championship trophy won by the 2011 Dallas Mavericks. In lieu of playing in the game, the trophy will stick around and pose with fans for pictures.

Tickets are $5, $7, $12 and $15 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on July 9. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Money raised from the game will benefit the children's charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation.

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