Fully-Fitted Samurai Throws out First Pitch at Tigers Game with Sword in Hand

John Truong, wearing a “Samurai warrior” outfit, throws out a ceremonial pitch before the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya/Associated Press
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

Baseball fans in Detroit were in for a treat before Tuesday's Houston Astros-Detroit Tigers game.

From time to time, teams will bring in special performers to throw out the first pitch. It can be a robot, an Olympic athlete, or, in this case, a samurai.

The samurai threw out the first pitch in order to promote the “Samurai: Beyond the Sword” exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. John Truong did the honors of throwing out the first pitch, complete with sword in hand.

Of course, he had to make it through security for all of this to happen:

What would be tougher: Throwing the ball in the outfit, or throwing it while holding a sword in the other hand?

[Detroit Institute of Arts, h/t USA TODAY's FTW]

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