As diminutive Ravens running back Bobby Rainey and punter Sam Koch belted several home runs at Ripken Stadium, cornerback Lardarius Webb came away even more impressed by what surrounded his teammates Sunday in Aberdeen.
A capacity crowd of roughly 6,000 people swelled the IronBirds' stadium to watch Webb and several teammates at his fourth annual charity softball game that benefits his foundation.
“The turnout is great, man,” said Webb, who took cuts at the plate with a designated runner assigned to circle the basepaths for him as he continues to recuperate from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last October against the Dallas Cowboys. “Without the fans, this event wouldn't even be possible. Just knowing my foundation, they're giving to a great cause. It's all about the kids. I love the kids.”
The offense defeated the defense in a loose, informal game with roughly 40 players participating.
Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones entertained the fans with his rendition of retired middle linebacker Ray Lewis' trademark Squirrel dance.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, Jones and several other players hustled to get back in town for the softball game after attending Jones' charity event in New Orleans this weekend.
“This is one of those weekends, but I do a lot in the community,” said Smith, a former Maryland standout. “Anytime my teammate has something, I'll be there. It comes with the territory.”
Besides Webb, Smith, Koch, Jones and Rainey, the large group of players that attended included offensive tackle Michael Oher, cornerback Chris Johnson, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, center Gino Gradkowski, safety James Ihedigbo, inside linebacker Bryan Hall, long snapper Morgan Cox, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, free safety Matt Elam, cornerback Moe Lee, safety Christian Thompson, cornerback Marc Anthony, wide receiver Tommy Streeter, wide receiver LaQuan Williams, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, offensive lineman Jack Cornell, kicker Justin Tucker, offensive lineman Antoine McClain, defensive end-outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, running back Anthony Allen, defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson, tight end Ed Dickson, safety Omar Brown, cornerback Chykie Brown, cornerback Asa Jackson, linebacker Spencer Adkins, linebacker D.J. Bryant, safety Anthony Levine, offensive tackle David Mims, linebacker Josh Bynes, wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard and cornerback Jimmy Smith.
"It's very important," Webb said. "It's all about the fans. They come support us all year long. They travel. To come out and take pictures with them, give them autographs, interact with them, it's important. We're coming out here and enjoying it while we're here."
Added Ihedigbo: "I support Webb in everything he's doing. It's a great time to spend time with the fans. It's a great day, beautiful weather, best fans i nthe world."
Meanwhile, Webb has been taking part in the Ravens' organized team activities on a limited basis and has been backpedaling and cutting. He has reiterated several times that he's making quick progress and expects to return in time for the regular season.
"Yes, it's coming along," Webb said. "I'm taking it slow, working my butt off, coming along."