Tyron Smith might be the best left tackle in football. He was definitely the best player in Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game on Saturday night at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
Smith fell a home run short of the cycle and took home MVP honors for his three-hit performance for the Blue Sox, who won 17-5 over a White Sox team that featured Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Smith’s Cowboys teammate Dez Bryant.
Smith and Bryant were among a handful of Cowboys playing in the game. Guard Ronald Leary, receiver Cole Beasley, linebacker Kyle Wilber, running back Lance Dunbar and kicker Dan Bailey were also there, though none of them did anything as spectacular as Smith--all 6-foot-5, 305 pounds of him--legging out the last 90 feet of his triple.
The other Cowboys highlights pretty much all revolved around Dez, who (a) threw up the “X” early and often, including when he reached base on an infield single in the first inning, (b) lobbied for fans to help in the effort to bring NBA free agents DeAndre Jordan and Lamarcus Aldridge to the Mavs, while Blue Sox third base coach and current Mavs’ center Tyson Chandler stood maybe 100 feet away and (c) did a back flip after catching a routine fly ball.