Nov. 21, 2013
Former Tiger Josh Donaldson will be one of the participants in the 2013 Celebrity Home Run Derby.
AUBURN, Ala. - Eight current and former major leaguers will make up the two teams in an "Iron Bowl Grudge Match" at the 2013 Celebrity Home Run Derby on Friday, Nov. 29, at Plainsman Park.
"Team Hudson," which will be led by former Auburn and new San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, will feature himself, Auburn assistant coach Greg Norton, the Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus, and Oakland A's third baseman and former Tiger Josh Donaldson.
Led by Alabama fan and Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, "Team Kimbrel" will feature Kimbrel, former Tiger and seven-year major leaguer Gabe Gross, former big-leaguer Wes Helms and Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer.
Pride is on the line as the losing team's captain will be required to wear the opposing team's gear following the derby to the Hudson Family Foundation's Iron Bowl Bash at Auburn Arena.
Other special guests scheduled to be in attendance for the event include former Auburn baseball coach Hal Baird, former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner, and other Auburn legends.
The night will also feature a "Foundation Challenge" between the Hudson Family Foundation and the Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation, which will be a closest-to-the-pin contest with the losing team making a contribution to the winner's foundation.
Gates will open for the event at 5 p.m. with the participants taking batting practice from 5-5:45. The Home Run Derby will begin at 6 p.m.
A minimum $2 donation is required at the gates for admission to the event, with all proceeds going to the Hudson Family Foundation.
Chance-to-win tickets will also be issued to individuals based on every $5 donated. Auburn Diamond Dolls are currently accepting donations and will also have tables set up inside Plainsman Park. All winners will be selected throughout the derby. Prizes will include autographed memorabilia from each of the participants, tickets to the Hudson Family Foundation Concert on Jan. 24, Jason Dufner autographed memorabilia, Under Armour gear, a free round of golf at Grand National, and more.
Season tickets for the 2014 Auburn baseball season will be on sale at the event. Fans will have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at available seats in Plainsman Park and purchase their tickets for all 35 home games, including SEC weekend series against South Carolina, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. Auburn ticket representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.