As a journalist, I get pitched by public relations people all the time. Last night, I had my chance to make the pitch.
I was honored to throw a first pitch before a Somerset Patriots game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. I got hooked up with this gig because of my job as editor of NJBIZ. As soon as I heard about the opportunity (thank you, Anne!), it leaped onto the bucket list. One problem: I hadn't thrown a baseball or softball since about eighth grade. When I agreed to do it a long time ago, the plan was to practice every day so I'd be the next Nolan Ryan...or at least someone who could get the ball over the plate. In the end, I practiced three times. After one practice, the catcher--my brother, Jay--evaluated my performance and predicted I had a one-third chance of having a good throw, one-third that it would be so-so but not mortifyingly bad, and one-third that it would be on Sports Center as the jackass first pitch of the month. (Older brothers never stop the torment, do they? Although, to be honest, Jay's odds were pretty reasonable.)
Thank God some of the Somerset Patriots staff helped me out last night before the game. Kyle, Rob and Marc let me take a few practice throws in the Speed Pitch game in the ballpark's fun zone area. They were supportive and encouraging, even after I muffed up some throws. They also provided tips on how to throw. Huge help.
So if you get a chance to throw a first pitch, do it. Just make sure you can get some tips first from Kyle, Rob and Marc, not your older brother.