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Peterson set for celebrity softball game

5/15/2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before he heads south to Mankato, Minn., for his eighth training camp with the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson might get a chance to see if he can take Jack Morris deep. Or maybe Andrew Zimmern.

The Vikings running back will participate in the 2014 All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field on July 13, two days before the Minnesota Twins host the MLB All-Star Game. The event, which has become an annual fixture in the days before the All-Star Game and will be televised on ESPN on July 14, will feature a number of Minnesota athletes that were announced on Thursday.

Peterson will be joined in the game by Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore. Morris (whose iconic 10-inning shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series gave the Twins their last championship) and Jim Thome (who spent 1 1/2 seasons with the Twins during his 22-year career) will also play. Zimmern -- the host of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" and a Minnesota resident whose name is on a Target Field food truck -- will be there, as well as "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton, who also lives in Minnesota.

Having attended one of these in my former life as a baseball writer, I can tell you they're more of a lighthearted made-for-TV event than anything else, and there will probably be more yuks than serious competition. Still, it'll be fun to see Peterson in a different setting, taking a few hacks in a major league ballpark. And assuming Joe Mauer is on hand -- the Twins first baseman is the All-Star Game's official ambassador -- the event will feature arguably the four biggest stars in Minnesota (Mauer, Love, Parise and Peterson).