To start the baseball season, this morning we had Maestro Riccardo Muti of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra throwing out the first pitch before a Cubs game in 2012. But to bookend the day and make it all official, this is one of my favorite first-pitch videos. Unlike most first-pitch videos, though, it's a favorite not so much for the pitch itself (though thumbs-up for that), but for what comes before.
This is actress Elle Fanning on the David Letterman Show back in 2014, being perhaps the definition of adorable as she tells the story of her throwing out the first pitch before a Dodgers game earlier in the year. And if her giddy, teenage excitement -- even months later -- doesn't make you a fan, you aren't trying.
And by the way, given that another way of describing a strikeout is "fanning the batter," that makes this all the more appropriate...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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