Oakland — With two outs in the top of the second inning, shooting guard turned softball shortstop Nick Young darted from the middle infield into foul territory to make a running catch. The Golden State Warriors’ renowned shenanigan supplier was locked in.
Others at JaVale McGee’s fourth annual JUGLIFE Foundation charity softball game on Saturday weren’t as skilled in the field. Center Zaza Pachulia, for instance, made a convincing case he’s the worst left fielder in the Bay Area. His series of botched fly balls led to multiple runs for Team JaVale. Pachulia pleaded his case with San Francisco 49ers cornerback and softball teammate Richard Sherman, maintaining that the mistakes were caused by the sun. That excuse was suspect.
Pachulia’s performance at the plate wasn’t much better. He led the event in swinging misses.
In spite of Pachulia, Team Andre managed a come-from-behind 10-9 win sealed by a replay review conducted on a cameraman’s device.
The event — with tickets starting at $32, but going as high as $120 behind home plate — donated all its proceeds to the foundation. Crowd size estimates will be available in the next few days, but for now, here are three other takeaways from the most important sporting event played at the Coliseum complex on June 23, 2018:
WATCH OUT PITCHERS:
Starting pitchers Marshawn Lynch and Andre Iguodala were hit hard and might be looking at demotions to Triple-A if they don’t get it together soon. Lynch allowed 10 runs and took the loss. Iguodala allowed nine runs.
The hurlers were also physically attacked.
Lynch tackled Iguodala between third base and home after Iguodala skied a home run against him to dead center field. McGee charged Lynch after being hit with a pitch.
“He hit me with the ball, and you know baseball rules,” McGee said. “If they hit you with the ball you gotta run up on ‘em. He’s lucky I missed my swing. I was trying to knock him out.”
ANDRE WINS MVP:
Yes, it was McGee’s event to promote his charity, which raises money to provide safe drinking water in underdeveloped areas of the world. But Iguodala, who captained the opposing team, was the better player. He hit two home runs, including an inside-the-park jack in which he took advantage of some shoddy defense.
Still, McGee wasn’t pleased with the MVP voting.
“I wanted the MVP,” McGee said. “It’s my thing.”
SHERMAN SEEMED HEALTHY:
Sherman was sidelined last season with a ruptured Achilles, but he appeared to move well in the outfield for Team Andre ahead of his first season with the 49ers. In the eighth inning, he robbed Bay Area rapper E-40 of a big hit with the bases loaded.
San Francisco football fans will be pleased with these jets:
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