Jamie Moyer started his career in 1986, and pitched through the 2012 season. It’s amazing that a guy can hang on for twenty-five years in today’s game. His first game was a victory for the Cubs against the Philadelphia Phillies and one of the greatest left-handed pitchers of all-time, Steve Carlton. In his last appearance he lost for the Rockies against the Reds and Mat Latos. He gave up four home runs in that game, one each to Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Todd Frazier.
TWJ contributor Patrick used the 2004 Topps design to commemorate Moyer throwing out the first pitch for the Seattle Mariners, who he played for from 1996-2006.
James Beckum played in the Negro Leagues and founded the Beckum-Stapleton Little League. TWJ contributor Patrick chose the 1986 Fritsch Negro League set as the design for this card.
Bo Jackson decided not to wear a team hat or jersey when he threw out the first pitch before the Royals-White Sox game in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, but TWJ reader and Cards That Never Were blogger John thought he should have. With the magic of Photoshop (or a similar program…I didn’t ask), he grabbed a photo of Bo and Soxed it up. Thanks for the submission, John!
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt threw the first pitch before the Astros’ first ever official game as an American League team. I’m still not happy about them being an American League team. At all.
Fun card submitted by Patrick.
Here’s a few more first pitch “fun cards” from TWJ contributor Patrick…
I love how he decided to use an O-Pee-Chee card for Canadian rock legend Geddy Lee.
There are a couple more after the jump…
TWJ contributor Patrick asked if I considered making “fun cards” out of the ceremonial first pitch photos I had posted the past couple of weeks. I told him it had crossed my mind, but if he wanted to tackle that project, go for it! He didn’t disappoint, using some of the photos I posted and finding a few others, like Sandy Koufax below.
Today and tomorrow I will post those that I had already shown you, and on Wednesday I will show you some that he dug up that I hadn’t seen yet in my searches. Hit the jump to see the first few.
The highest honor that can be bestowed on a person is to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day, but it’s pretty darn cool to be invited to do it on the other eighty home dates as well. Here are a few ceremonial first pitches from the past week…
Rudy Law for the Chicago White Sox
Julio Cruz for the Chicago White Sox
Jamie Moyer for the Seattle Mariners
Greg Vaughen for the San Diego Padres
Carly Rae Jepsen for the Baltimore Orioles
Say what you will, but this is a great pop song.
The Toronto Blue Jays opened their season yesterday, and invited rock legend Geddy Lee, singer and bass player for Canadian icons Rush, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Unfortunately, Lee was too cool to put on a Jays jersey or cap for his moment in the pitching limelight.
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:
Lou Piniella took the mound before the Yankees-Red Sox game.
Rusty Staub tossed the ball before the Mets opener.
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.
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.
Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was the Nationals’ choice to throw the first pitch in Washington.
Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones returned to the field in Atlanta.