Dan Gross: Baskett gets to 1st base, Kendra goes all the way

Posted: May 18, 2009

HANK BASKETT doesn't leave his woman stranded on base. The Eagles wide receiver twice batted home his fiancee, Kendra Wilkinson, Saturday evening at the Poochman Celebrity Softball Classic, at Campbell's Field, in Camden.

Wilkinson, the Playboy Playmate and former "Girls Next Door" star, who soon debuts a new E! show "Kendra," hit two singles off Your Humble Narrator. Eagles tight end Brent Celek also pounded a few into the outfield at the game, a charity event organized by 100.3 The Beat DJ Pooch, aka Derek Frith, who celebrates a birthday today.

Colts defensive tackle and Dobbins High grad Raheem Brock, NBC 10's John Clark, and Laiya, formerly of 100.3 The Beat, were among players at the game, as was rapper Cassidy, who performed beforehand. Rapper Kilogram performed during the game. Jaguar Wright sang before Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison threw out the first pitch.

South Philly-raised model Amber Rose made several major plays at first base. Rose, who recently shot a layout for Elle magazine and soon shoots a cover of Complex, will also be in boyfriend Kanye West's new video, "RoboCop."

You may often hear sports fans asking whether an official is blind, and on Saturday, they would have been right.

DJ TouchTone, of 100.3 The Beat, who is blind, threw a few pitches to Brock and briefly served as umpire.

'Hipster Grifter' to be sent to SLC

As we reported Friday on PhillyGossip.com, "Hipster Grifter" Kari Ferrell waived her rights Friday to an extradition hearing and agreed voluntarily to be transferred back to Salt Lake City, where she is wanted on charges of passing bad checks. Ferrell was arrested in Philadelphia May 3 after local musician Sam Tremble, of the band Hermit Thrushes, lured her here and alerted police that she was wanted in Utah.

Ferrell, who got her nickname from the New York Observer, which wrote about her conning men in Brooklyn, telling them she was dying of cancer, is locked up at Riverside, one of the city's prisons. She appeared by video in Courtroom 504 of the Criminal Justice Center, where Judge Frank Palumbo, who took the bench 78 minutes late, presided. Salt Lake City authorities now have 30 days under which to come and retrieve Ferrell to bring her back to Utah where she will face trial on forgery and fraud charges.

Area chef on Food Network show

Local chef Katie Cavuto is one of ten contestants on "The Next Food Network Star," which premieres at 9 p.m. June 7. The 30-year-old West Chester native owns Healthy Bites, a service providing meal delivery and cooking lessons. She also works for the Northeast Philadelphia Head Start Program and had previously worked as a dietician for Graduate Hospital/Hahnemann University Hospital/Saint Agnes Long Term Care Facility. When she's not the one cooking, Cavuto likes to eat at Vetri and at Jose Garces' restaurants, Amada and Tinto.

Camden's Aaron McCargo Jr.. won the last season of the "Next Food Network Star," and South Philly's Adam Gertler was also a contestant who walked away with his own Food Network show. *

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