Believe it or not, baseball season is almost here.
The Bethesda Big Train season starts a big later than the pros, but the collegiate summer league team will again host its annual Celebrity Softball Classic at Shirley Povich Field (10600 Westlake Dr.).
This year’s game is set for Saturday April 12. The FanFest, including rides, games, a Washington Redskins-themed auction, giveaways and free food for the first 500 people, will start at 5:30 p.m. The game will start at 7 p.m.
The game matches up athletes against the media personalities who cover them. The Athletes team, made up of a number of Redskins, former Redskins and former Maryland Terrapins basketball forward Byron Mouton, has won each of the first two games.
This year’s game will feature an interesting switch, as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley — now permanently retired and working for the team’s radio operation — will coach and play for the Media team.
The proceeds raised from the game will go to the Big Train’s foundation — which improves and builds baseball fields in D.C.-area communities — former Redskin Lorenzo Alexander’s ACES Foundation, The Brave Dave Open, and the Washington Redskins Alumni Association.