Celebrities visit pediatric cancer patients, entertain fans with softball game on first day of Big Slick

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the seventh year Kansas City-area stars gathered to help pediatric patients Friday. Celebrities taking part in Big Slick KC met cancer patients at Children's Mercy Hospital and then took the field at Kauffman Stadium before the Royals for some Star Spangled Softball.

The game's only home runs were inside the park dingers by James Van Der Beek, perhaps known best for his title role on Dawson's Creek, and Blue Springs own American Idol David Cook.

"It's a lot of fun, if they saw me in little league they would've never let me on this field," Van Der Beek said.

"I think it might be the first and last (homer), I don't think I should run like that anymore," Cook said.

But before they even took the field, the celebrities were a big hit playing games at Children's Mercy Cancer Center.

"I've thrown a few games of connect four," actor and event organizer Jason Sudekis joked.

"I never see the diagonal," fellow actor and event organizer Rob Riggle responded.

Sudekis, Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner are the funny men behind the weekend, with a serious mission.

"It just feels like a big bear hug. It's thanks to the people of Kansas City. It's thanks to our families and our friends who work so hard throughout the year on this event," Stonestreet said.

"To have the parents tell us how exceptional their children are, and want us to know everything about their kids, that's so moving. I feel like I'm really getting to know the kids," Rudd said.

They'll try their hand at bowling in another fundraising effort at Pinstripes Saturday morning. Fans can see them enter at the Overland Park bocce and bowling center starting at 9:45 a.m.