Kenny Powers wasn't anywhere to be found and he never broke into his Harry Caray impression, but Will Ferrell made his expected minor league appearance with the Round Rock Express in Texas on Thursday night. Summoned from the bullpen at the start of the sixth inning, Ferrell took the field as Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, a former Venezuelan pitching phenom who had just been released from jail for smuggling rare reptiles into the United States. His relief effort lasted just one brushback, but the whole bit featured a few more laughs than I expected. (I've embedded Ferrell's whole appearance below and it closes with a pretty accurate reenactment of the Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura headlock.)
If you're wondering why Ferrell was hanging around the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, there are a couple of answers. One, he's in town raising money for his Cancer for College golf tournament. Two, the Astros might actually need Ferrell's arm this year.
UPDATE: Ferrell, err "Rojo Johnson", may not go down in the official scorebook, but he'll have his own baseball card in the second series of 2010 Topps Pro Debut.