A few weeks ago, MASN announced VIA Twitter a big contest. You had to answer the question “Why should you throw out the first pitch on April 5th?” – the most creative answer would get to throw out the first pitch, on April 5th.
I entered with a video of me playing the guitar and a slideshow, covering “Take on Me” by A-ha, with lyrics including
“Please let me… (See you later)
Throw that pitch (See you later)
I would probably… Throw it better than John Walllllllll!
Unbelievably, a couple days ago, I got a Twitter message from MASN, letting me know I would be the starter on April 5th. As you can probably guess, I was pretty happy.
After spending the next couple days perfecting my windup and getting my arm loose, I got to Nationals Park. I was greeted by the woman who ran the contest, Olivia, and a member of the Nats PR Department, Julia. They took me down onto the field, where I watched the Braves finish batting practice and hung out.
After what felt like twenty minutes but what was really an hour, I was called onto the mound to throw my pitch. Here was the result.
All in all, even though the Nats lost 6-2, it was an incredible experience. Thank you so much to MASN and Twitter for giving me this incredible opportunity.
Note: I will not be previewing the NL or the Nationals this year. You all know what I think will happen, but for a quickie:
NL WEST: Dodgers
NL CENTRAL: Cardinals
NL EAST: Nats
WILD CARD: Braves, Pirates
NLDS: Dodgers over Pirates, Nats over Cardinals
NLCS: Nats over Dodgers
World Series: Nats over A’s.