The Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun talks about how he and his family evacuated their Malibu home during the deadly wildfires in California.
Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, all Californians and members of the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers team that reached Game 7 of the NLCS, are at the forefront of a charity softball game in Malibu to benefit those impacted by recent tragedies in their home state.
The “California Strong Celebrity Softball Game” will take place Jan. 13 at Pepperdine University, and all proceeds from the game will benefit victims of the wildfires across the state of California, as well as those impacted by the shooting in Yelich’s hometown of Thousand Oaks. Thirteen people were killed Nov. 7 at the Borderline Bar and Grill when a 28-year-old ex-Marine opened fire.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, a friend of Yelich’s who famously stumped for the Brewers outfielder’s MVP candidacy, also is scheduled to be there. So is Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, although though his team will compete in the NFL playoffs one day earlier.
NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and celebrities such as Adam Sandler, Rob Riggle, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rainn Wilson are also scheduled to participate. Wilson famously played Dwight in “The Office.”
Numerous major-league players have pledged to participate, including Alex Bregman, Jack Flaherty, Max Fried, Eric Hosmer, Jon Jay, Joc Pederson, Trevor Plouffe, Tyler Skaggs and Justin Turner.
General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased by visiting ca-strong.com. The event also will feature food trucks, a Kids’ Zone and a World War II flyover..
Yelich, who did go on to win that MVP award, Braun and Moustakas all live in the area impacted by the fires and have been active in rallying support.