You never quite know what you’re going to get when celebrities throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. They’re presumably comfortable in front of crowds, but that comfort could easily disappear when throwing a baseball because it’s probably something they haven’t done since little league, if ever. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney went in with a realistic goal of not throwing the ball into the dirt, and he achieved it Tuesday at the Cleveland Indians’ season opener. Carney’s pitch wasn’t close to a strike, but it didn’t touch the ground. The Akron native played some little league and had been practicing before the game, but the confidence still wasn’t quite there as he told the Akron Beacon Journal:
I was nervous. I have been practicing, though. I dislocated and broke my shoulder last year and we had to cancel some tours. The first time after that that I threw a baseball was last summer on tour. Dan and I threw for about an hour. We take our gloves on the road.
Carney left with the ball autographed by Indians coach and former catcher Sandy Alomar. Watch the pitch below.