My first ceremonial pitch in the big leagues
The Dodgers have graciously invited me to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s 6:10 game against the
Padres. This will be my debut in the major league ceremonial first pitch club. On July 1 this summer, the Dodgers
class A farm club in Rancho Cucamonga afforded me the same honor before their contest with Inland Empire. The good
news that night was the fact I did not bounce my pitch. The bad news was that the ball was low and inside, and not
My colleague in the Dodger broadcast booth for 28 years, Vin Scully, has had experience making these pitches so he
offered me two pieces of advice this week.
Number 1………….Don’t throw off the mound which is 60 feet 6 inches from home plate. Move to level ground in front
of the pitching hill which is more like 50 feet 6 inches.
Number 2………….Throw the pitch high so you take no chances the ball will hit the dirt in front of the catcher whose
identity at this moment has not been disclosed. The Dodgers are probably looking for volunteers.
If you are at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, ( and they are giving away Clayton Kershaw replica jerseys at the game, )
say a prayer that the baseball I deliver will stay in the air throughout its journey. Thank you, kind souls.