The Ceremonial First Pitch

One of the neatest things baseball teams do is the “ceremonial first pitch,” often honoring past stars or community leaders. One of the highest honors someone can receive is to be asked to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. Here is a run-down of some of yesterday’s ceremonial first pitch honorees:

Piniella
Lou Piniella took the mound before the Yankees-Red Sox game.

Rusty
Rusty Staub tossed the ball before the Mets opener.

Torre
Former big leaguer Joe Torre was asked to throw the first pitch before the Reds-Angels game. This one doesn’t make any sense to me since Torre has no connection to either organization.

Webb
Brandon Webb was honored by the Diamondbacks.


Bo knows first pitches…Bo Jackson did not wear a jersey when he threw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Royals game in Chicago.

Romesha
Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was the Nationals’ choice to throw the first pitch in Washington.

Larry
Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones returned to the field in Atlanta.

Koufax
My favorite, though, was Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers with Orel Hershiser catching. Watch the video below and prepare to smile.

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on April 2, 2013, in baseball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for posting that video. it made my day.

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