The Late Movies: Ceremonial First Pitches
Today was baseball's Opening Day, where everyone has a record of 0-0. So bust out the peanuts and Cracker Jack, pop open a frosty beverage of age-appropriate choice and take a look at some of the best ceremonial first pitches.
On opening day in 2007, Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory attempted to toss out the first pitch. It wasn't pretty.
Mayor Mallory may have been topped, however, by Mariah Carey, who tossed out a ceremonial pitch at a game in Japan. Stick to singing, Mariah.
President Bush tossed out a ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium in the weeks immediately following 9/11 while wearing a bullet proof vest. Pitching from the mound, he still managed to throw a strike. Here is a clip describing the event.
While on the subject of Presidential First Pitches, here is President Obama on Opening Day of the 2010 season at Nationals Park.
Of course, it always helps to have a Hall of Fame pitcher toss out the ceremonial pitch. Here is Nolan Ryan, part owner of the Rangers, kicking off Game 3 of the World Series last year in Texas.
Finally, for the last season in old Yankee stadium, the first pitch of the season was thrown by NASA astronaut Garrett Reisma from the International Space Station. The advanced scientific instruments on the station determined it was still more accurate than Mayor Mallory's toss.