Dirk Denied First Pitch Honors

It’s an incredible honor to get to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game, it means even more when it’s in the World Series. No doubt whoever the Rangers and Cardinals put out there to kick off their home games of the Fall Classic will be people who mean a lot to that team’s home crowd. How about the guy that led your city’s team to an NBA championship? That won’t be happening.

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki would be an obvious choice to throw out the first pitch at one of the Rangers’ home World Series games, but Major League Baseball has already said no. Apparently in the World Series, candidates to throw out the first pitch have to be approved by the league office.

MLB says this has nothing to do with the lockout and they’re not defending their fellow team owners, but this just stinks of political bull-crap. Since they can’t provide a valid reason why, other than it doesn’t “make sense for the team,” I’m just going to assume they’re lying.

This lockout continues to get more and more childish by the day. I don’t think denying a player the opportunity to throw out the first pitch is going to sway the negotiations, so it’s just stupid to take something from the city of Dallas that they would obviously support and enjoy.

I think the real kicker would be if they brought out Mark Cuban to throw the pitch instead. That would show ‘em who’s boss, right?


Dirk will be tossing out the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series according to reports.