The Dodgers have made some shameful choices for their ceremonial first pitch. The task is usually reserved for people who have contributed to the community or have significance to fans.
Each team has 81 home games, so I guess it’s tough to book top quality talent for the entire year. We’re only about two months into the season, and it seems as if the Dodgers are running out of legitimate honorees.
As a point of comparison, the Yankees have invited Yogi Berra, Sully Sullenberger and an astronaut (via video) to throw out the first pitch. The Mets have had sports figures such as John Franco, Tom Seaver, Hakeem Nicks and Mark Sanchez throw out a pitch earlier this year.
What do these people all have in common?
First off, I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of these people at a baseball game. Second, they are all individuals who are committed to excellence in their craft. Third, it’s not embarrassing to see any of these guys in a Yankee or Mets uniform.
These details were lost on the Dodgers. They have booked some of the most ridiculous people possible for the ceremonial first pitch. I don’t associate any of these individuals with commitment, excellence or baseball. Who have the Dodgers had throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the last couple months?