May 7th, 2010
11:14 PM ET

Will Ferrell, aka Rojo Johnson, ejected from baseball game

With NASCAR racer, figure skater and semi-pro basketball player already under his belt, comedian Will Ferrell can now add minor league baseball player to his resume of fake athletic roles.

On Friday, Ferrell took on the role of Billy Ray Rojo Johnson, pitcher for the Round Rock Express, a real minor league Major League Baseball team near Austin, Texas, in the team's game against the Nashville Sound.

Watch Ferrell, aka Rojo Johnson, take to the field

Ferrell, who has played sports figures in the comedies  "Talladega Nights," "Blades of Glory" and "Semi-Pro," was in the area to promote The Will Powered Golf Classic, benefiting College for Cancer, an organization that provides scholarships to cancer survivors.

But Ferrell/Johnson didn't last long in his "debut" with the Express. After taking the pitcher's mound in the sixth inning, decked out in gold chains and toting a bag of beer, he tossed a wild pitch, got into a fight with the umpire and was ejected from the field - but not before spraying the batter with beer.

Johnson's online bio describes him as a Venezuelan phenom who joins the Express after having his prison sentence commuted.

"He served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s. Thursday night's game marks Johnson's first in American professional baseball after a storied career in the Venezuelan leagues."

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  1. Gligli

    Why is this news? Just saying...

    May 8, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Why don't you just skip articles/blogs that aren't news if you don't like reading them? Just saying...

    May 8, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. chris

    Sounds silly, and a long way to go for a back-story for something that isn't even a movie script...or is it????

    May 8, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    i was in attendance Friday night. It was absolutely histerical

    May 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    Nashville's baseball team are the SOUNDS not the Sound.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shimmer

    It's called publicity....

    May 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    Ferrell crashes into Staten Island terminal.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rlg

    You are forgetting this was for a good cause: raising money to help cancer survivors!

    May 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hate Arrogant Internet Commenters

    Is it some sort of rule that a self-absorbed internet commenter has to chime in on a story they clearly have no interest in and say "Why is this news?" Who here twisted Gligli's arm and forced her to read this?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thinks Gigli Is Boring With No Humor (aka "if its not angry and serious, its not newsworthy - keep news horrible campaign")

    Really Gigli...really? With the serious news that we all consider important in our lives, you can't share in a little giggle? Really, Gigli?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    Probably the best thing to happen in the Astros organization this year.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Levo

    Might be character he's working on for eastbound and down.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pauly Shore

    Gigli was an awful movie.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. news.blogs.cnn.com

    Will ferrell aka rojo johnson ejected from baseball game.. Corking 🙂

    April 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |