Danny Nokes

Nokes: I didn't botch the first pitch

Danny Nokes
April 25, 2019 - 10:34 am

The Richmond Flying Squirrels finished up a 6 game homestand yesterday afternoon.

It was a homestand that saw them go just 1-5, dropping the final five games in a row. The Squirrels offense produced a total of five runs over those five games, and were also shutout twice by Altoona.

What may have been the lone highlight of the weekend? Getting the chance to throw out the first pitch before game two of a doubleheader against Altoona on Saturday. 

A lot was made in the week leading up to the first pitch. Would I find myself on the list of the worst first pitches of all-time and make a complete fool of myself? 

It ended up not being too bad at all. Here are some pictures from the event: 

A special shoutout is in order for Jake Eisenberg of the Richmond Flying Squirrels broadcast team. He called my first pitch and even decided to give me a strike even though the pitch probably ended up a bit high and outside (to a right-handed batter).

Here's a stat: If there were an actual count to a batter using the first pitches that I've thrown out in my career, the count would be two balls and no strikes. I also had the chance to throw out the first pitch at Calfee Park in Pulaski, VA in the Summer of 2018 before a Pulaski Yankees game. That first pitch ended up being low and inside (to a right-handed batter).

I've spent three seasons in Minor League Baseball as a play-by-play broadcaster; one with the Bluefield Blue Jays and two with the Pulaski Yankees. Knowing very well the passion that fans in these MiLB cities bring, it's an absolute treat to even be down on the field.

Thanks so much again to Parney, the Richmond Flying Squirrels and their broadcast team of Trey Wilson and Jake Eisenberg. Looking forward to many more games at The Diamond this summer.

If you'd like to hear Jake's call of my first pitch, it's posted below. Have Funn and Go Nuts!