Softball benefit contest set for Sunday at Isotopes Park
Bryan Cranston grew up loving baseball.
When the three-time Emmy Award winner for “Breaking Bad” moved to New Mexico, he instantly became a fan of the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Cranston looked for a way to take his love for the game and give back to the community.
“I decided on having a celebrity softball game,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s my way of showing that I am proud to be a part of Albuquerque.”
Cranston called up some of his friends from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and USA Network’s “In Plain Sight” to play against each other in a softball game before the Isotopes’ game Sunday.
Cranston says while the majority of the rosters includes actors from the two shows, he’s pulling in some local celebrities and some yet-to-be-named guests. Rosters had not been finalized as of Tuesday.
“It’s all still coming together, but it’s going to be a great game,” he says. “It’s Mother’s Day and you can bring out the entire family.”
Steve Hurlbert, the Isotopes’ media relations director, says the gates will open at 11:30 a.m., which will give fans an early glimpse of the celebrities.
“The game is from noon to 1 p.m.,” he says. “It is also a time-limit game rather than an inning limit.”
The scheduled Isotopes game vs. Memphis will begin at 1:35 p.m. Tickets purchased for Isotopes game will get fans into the celebrity softball game.
Cranston says along with having a celebrity game, he wanted to help raise money for a New Mexico-based program. He chose Youth Development Inc., which is a nationally recognized youth-service organization that provides educational, developmental and humanitarian assistance to children, youth and families in central and northern New Mexico.
“I’ve been a supporter of YDI since I moved to Albuquerque, and I wanted the money to stay in the state,” he says. “They do so much for youths. The programs help teens realize that’s there’s more to life and to set goals
|Sunday Celebrity softball game featuring cast of “Breaking Bad” versus “In Plain Sight”, noon at Isotopes Park. Tickets: $10-$30 (admission also good for Isotopes’ game vs. Memphis) at ticketmaster.com or Isotopes Park box office. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Online Watch Bryan Cranston’s promotional video for the game at youtube.com Inside
Celebrity softball game featuring cast of “Breaking Bad” versus “In Plain Sight”, noon at Isotopes Park. Tickets: $10-$30 (admission also good for Isotopes’ game vs. Memphis) at ticketmaster.com or Isotopes Park box office. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Online Watch Bryan Cranston’s promotional video for the game below.
and go after them.”
Cranston’s co-star, Steven Michael Quezada, got involved with the project because he works with YDI on a regular basis.
“This program gives so much to the community,” Quezada says. “It’s one that’s very close to me.”
John Traub, the Isotopes’ general manager, says being involved in this event was right up the Isotopes’ alley.
“It’s important to give back to the community, because it has been so supportive of us for nine years,” Traub says.
Traub says the game is a chance for the film industry to show that it is involved in community events.
“Bryan wants to have a positive impact,” Traub says. “He lives here for half the year. He eats at local restaurants and he supports the community. It’s a great way of him giving back.”
While the effort is to raise money, Cranston says he doesn’t want to set a goal for the event.
“It’s our first year and we have some great corporate sponsors,” he says. “Whatever we raise, we’ll be happy with. What I want to do is make this an annual event and then start setting goals.”
Quezada says he hopes to raise $10,000. He said that a portion of the ticket price will be donated, and Wells Fargo has already donated $5,000.
Cranston says the most difficult thing about setting up the event was getting schedules to match.
“There were a lot of people asked to join the event,” he says. “Truth is, we live in a world where we plan months in advance. I know that I’ll be there ready to play.”
Quezada says a crew from Fox Sports will be traveling from Arizona to film the event.
“We’re going to get national exposure,” he says. “What more could we ask for?”