Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBowl

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is “Miami 305 to the heart,” but the bat-throwing, salsa-peddling All-Star said he’s been looking for a way to give back to the Baltimore community. He settled on hosting the Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBowl on Thursday.

I have not patronized every bowling establishment in the city, but I would be surprised if there were swankier one than Mustang Alley’s Bar Bowling and Bistro in Little Italy, where the BaseBowl took place. Seriously, you have to see this place.

Donors coughed up between $5,000 and $25,000 to bowl in the same room as Machado — and 12 other Orioles and manager Buck Showalter who showed up to support their teammate. The money goes to Play Baseball, a program organized by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks that gets local kids 12 and under playing the sport, supplying them with “uniforms, equipment and transportation at no cost.”

And in case you were wondering, Machado isn’t that great at bowling. Before the event he said he hoped he break 100. On the other hand, outfielder Steve Pearce showed up to Mustang Alley with his own ball.