Will Ferrell for Sports Illustrated – by Brad Mangin

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell of the Oakland Athletics stretches before a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona on March 12, 2015. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Sports photographer Brad Mangin photographed Will Ferrell, who played for 10 MLB teams during spring training games in Arizona.

When I arrived at spring training in late February I never would have guessed that my most memorable Cactus League assignment of 2015 for Sports Illustrated would be chasing actor Will Ferrell all over the Phoenix valley. Last week Ferrell attempted to play nine different positions for ten teams in five ballparks for an upcoming HBO special dedicated to fighting cancer, and I was right there with him, for almost every step of the way.

I plotted out my game plan with my skipper Nate Gordon at the magazine. Ferrell’s games were starting at various staggered times beginning at 12:05pm in Mesa. Next up would be games in Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Peoria. Ferrell and his crew would have the benefit of helicopters and police escorts. All I had was my trusty 2005 Honda Pilot with 205,000 miles on it There was no way I could hit all five parks. I would have to miss game three at Talking Stick, where Ferrell would be suiting up for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. But first, I had to get up early and be at the new home of the Oakland A’s, HoHoKam Park in Mesa, where Ferrell was due to arrive sometime around 8am.

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Will Ferrell of the Chicago Cubs lectures Addison Russell while coaching third base during the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels on March 12, 2015 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Will Ferrell of the Chicago White Sox bats during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch on March 12, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Will Ferrell of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during a spring training game against the San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona on March 12, 2015. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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