Because of an injury, Baron Davis could not take part in his second annual sold out charity kickball game, held Sunday afternoon on the campus of his Alma Mater Crossroads High School in Santa Monica. So while a whiter, shorter, and more female bearded doppelganger stood in for him on the field, Davis did the PA system play-by-play from a fold-out table on the third base side. The Clipper-turned-Cavalier definitely has a future in broadcasting if he so chooses.
E! Entertainment reporter Ben Lyons redeemed himself from an early, no-call fly ball drop in right field to boot a pair of home runs and almost bring his Black team back from a huge early deficit to the Grey’s. Along with revisiting a recent interview mix-up with Lyons involving MTV, Davis repeatedly warned women in the audience whenever a certain athlete came to the plate. “Ladies, do not look into his eyes. He will hypnotize you.”
The big surprise at the event attended by FishbowlLA was the fact that halfway through the game, Miami Heat superstar Dwayne Wade showed up to support the cause and participating teammate Dorell Wright. “I’m not kidding, ladies and gentlemen,” bellowed Davis, who seemed genuinely surprised. “Dwyane Wade is here!”
Founded in 2004, Davis’ Rising Stars of America Foundation is an expanding non-profit that uses sports mentoring to remind kids about some critical life skills. Leading by example, Davis has returned to UCLA during the NBA lockout in an effort to complete his degree, earning nice coverage last Friday from J.A. Adande.