See Rob McElhenney baseball-ize a Wrexham soccer match

Baseball-soccer mashup promotes upcoming MLB series in London

Published On
Apr 18, 2024
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Exposing the world to an obscure Welsh football club was one thing, introducing baseball to Wales is another.

That challenge is tackled in a collaboration between Rob McElhenney’s More Better Industries and Major League Baseball meant to drum up interest in America’s pastime ahead of its London Series in June.

McElhenney (along with fellow actor Ryan Reynolds) is co-chairman of Wrexham AFC, whose tribulations are chronicled in the FX series “Welcome to Wrexham.” That club’s home pitch is the scene of a baseball-soccer mashup captured in a video released by MLB and More Better this week.

U.S. sportscaster Matt Vasgergian and Wrexham commentator Mark Griffiths narrate as baseball’s oddities—a mascot race, a foul ball, the first pitch—confuse the home crowd. But as McElhenney relates, both games can share exciting endings, interspersing footage of walk-off home runs by the Phillies’ Bryce Harper and the Mets’ Pete Alonso with a game-winning penalty kick by Wrexham’s Ollie Palmer. 

“It’s a childhood dream to partner with Major League Baseball and share my love of America’s Favorite Pastime with the world,” McElhenney said in a press release. 

The MLB World Tour: London Series takes place on June 8 and 9 between the Mets and Phillies at London Stadium. It is part of the league’s and the MLBPA’s largest international schedule, featuring as many as 24 regular-season games and as many as 16 exhibition games played in Asia, Europe, Mexico, and Latin America through the 2026 season.