NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver plays softball for charity at Yankee Stadium
Following his fifth top-10 finish in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, Kevin Harvick left Northern California Wine Country for the Big Ball Orchard in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium.
On Monday, Harvick participated in the third annual "Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic." The Yankee fan played on a team made up of Wounded Warrior Amputees and a group of Yankees old-timers, including former centerfielder Bernie Williams, pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, third baseman Charlie Hayes and second baseman Brian Doyle.
Via @KevinHarvick, he reported he went 1-for-3 with a run scored and won the game against former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason, his WFAN Radio morning show co-host Craig Carton and a team of celebrities.
The Yankees hosted two seven-inning games with current Broadway stars facing off in the first game of the day. Proceeds from the charity softball doubleheader benefitted The Actors Fund and The Boomer Esiason Foundation, fighting Cystic Fibrosis.
Harvick tweeted a picture with Williams, the four-time World Series champion and five-time All-Star who has more postseason RBIs, 80, than any other player in Major League Baseball history.
“Had a great time chatting with @bw51official today! pic.twitter.com/FdS8UM3veP”
(Right to left) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and former New York Yankees centerfielder along with a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee softball team celebrate a win at Yankee Stadium on Monday (Photos courtesy of New York Yankees. All Rights Reserved.
It wasn’t the first time that Harvick has assisted Wounded Warriors this year. In the Coca-Cola 600 over Memorial Day weekend, he drove the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet. The special paint scheme raised awareness for his sponsors Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country.
It was the second time in a week that he went between the baselines at an MLB stadium.
Last Monday, Harvick and 2000 NASCAR premier series champion Bobby Labonte threw out the first pitch at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The two NASCAR stars also signed autographs before a Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates game to help promote Saturday’s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT).