The truth is that the Ravens’ offense win softball games.
Lardarius Webb’s annual charity game was a hit success. Thousands of Ravens fans gathered at M&T Bank Stadium and cheered on their favorite players in an Offense vs. Defense match. 12,000 tickets were distributed and proceeds benefited the Lardarius Webb Foundation.
40 current and former players attended to put on a memorable performance on a gorgeous, Sunday afternoon and the fellowship induced a few good chuckles from its fans.
Some participants included quarterback Joe Flacco, Matt Elam, Torrey Smith, C.J. Mosley, Elvis Dumervil and ex-Raven Jameel McClain (New York Giants). The open mic crew punter Sam Koch, kicker Justin Tucker and long snapper Morgan Cox also attended.
Tucker is an early Oscar’s nominee for next year’s ceremony. He kicked dirt on the umpire’s feet and pretended to argue with the calls he didn’t like. His pre-swing antics were incredibly pretentious and hilarious.
What would a softball charity event be without Jacoby Jones' dance moves? Jones took home laurels for his showmanship. After hitting a homerun in his first at bat, the wide receiver took his sweet time rounding the bases and danced back to the plate.
Head coach John Harbaugh had a batting stance that would’ve made the leftie Brady Anderson laugh.
Not everything was dandy—Steve Smith Sr. was playfully mocked by the defense. When he stepped up to the plate, so did they.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake showed their support—yet the biggest name in the crowd, who’s literally resounded through the stadium, belonged to Ed Reed. Serenading his fans with his own rendition of "Two Tickets to Paradise," the former defense’s captain stole the show after saying that he’s "still preparing to play" in 2014.
Reed approached Webb after the cornerback lazily ran after a groundball and said, "Hey man, are we trying to win this game?"
Only if Webb responded with, "Nah, defense wins championships."