On June 3, the Lardarius Webb Foundation hosted its annual charity softball game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland.
The all-star lineup included numerous Baltimore Ravens such as Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson, Michael Oher and Jimmy Smith as fans had the opportunity to see the Ravens offense take on the Ravens defense all while benefiting underprivileged youth in the Greater Baltimore region.
Webb and his teammates mingled with fans signing autographs and posing for pictures with nothing but smiles and laughter as the teams participated in batting practice. “Good thing we play football” bellowed Ravens receiver Torrey Smith and quarterback Joe Flacco joked “Guys on our team are terrible,” Flacco said after just watching batting practice. “We don’t have a single good player on our team. I would get used to [seeing] a lot of infield hits. I can at least hit it out of the infield.”
Joining the Ravens offense for the softball game was special guest Ian Lauderman. Lauderman, a Pennsylvania native won a bid on Ebay to play in the game with his $1,400 bid going to charity. ” A once in a lifetime opportunity this is for me all while supporting a great charity” Lauderman replied when asked what made him decide to make the highest bid.
“It’s all about the kids today. Seeing their smiles watching us play or when we sign an autograph or get a picture with them.” Webb stated on why he does so much for the community.
Tickets were at a minimum as Ravens fans flocked to watch their team play albeit softball. “We wouldn’t have this turnout if it wasn’t for these fans and my teammates. They came out and had a great time, and when you have teammates like I do, things are going to turn out this way. We’re just going to continue to give back to the fans and to the community. They’re the best.”