The home run derby crown from the Saints’ annual charity softball game used to reside permanently on the head of Drew Brees.
Not any more.
Brees hit a handful of eye-popping home runs, but the quarterback lost out to long snapper Justin Drescher, who blasted 12 homers and socked one off the scoreboard at Tulane’s Turchin Stadium on Wednesday night.
“I’m kind of upset about that,” Brees said. “I hit every ball hard, I just hit every ball on top of it. Obviously, I probably should’ve gotten in the cage a little bit before I got out here, but I feel like I should just be able to pick the bat up and hit it whenever I want, wherever I want on the field.”
With one day of practice left in the first OTA of the summer, the Saints gathered at the stadium for the annual Celebrity Black and Gold softball game, led by guard Tim Lelito and raising funds for Team Gleason and Son of a Saint.
Lelito, who inherited the responsibility from Ben Grubbs, learned a little from his first year hosting.
“I figured, if we do it on a Wednesday, we’ll have more guys out here,” Lelito said. “It was real exciting in the locker room. We’re all about competing this year. Even yesterday, we had an activity to get two guys up and competing, so I figure softball just adds a little more competition.”
The Saints played two softball games, one against a local tournament champion and one between the offense and the defense.
But the highlight of the event is always the home run derby, and Lelito’s decision to hold the event early in the week produced some fireworks. Josh Hill, Coby Fleener and Luke McCown all turned in impressive performances, and McCown hit two homers that left Turchin Stadium entirely.
Then Drescher and Brees went head-to-head, with the Saints quarterback batting from the left side.
“I can hit right as well, but I’m more consistent left-handed,” Brees said.
Brees got a measure of satisfaction in the offense-defense game, socking a home run and playing shortstop as the Saints’ offense blew out the defense to wrap up the night.
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