NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tom Seaver is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
His All-Star honor was revealed in an interview with the New York Daily News. The Mets great, recovering from Stage 3 Lyme disease, told the paper that he’s been practicing daily with the winemaker at his California vineyard.
“He’s a lefthander and, God, does he throw hard,” Seaver said. “You have no idea the bodily pain he’s inflicted on me.”
The 68-year-old Hall of Famer wasn’t worried about possibly delivering a bounce at the Mets’ home ballpark. And he was just as cool about serving as grand marshal in the red carpet All-Star parade.
“That’s no pressure,” Seaver told the Daily News. “Where’s the pressure of riding in an old 1945 Ford with fans on the sidewalk booing you?”
Tom Terrific, a 12-time All-Star, threw the final pitch at Shea Stadium in 2008. He returned with catcher Mike Piazza to deliver the inaugural first pitch when the team opened Citi Field in ’09.
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