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MLB to allow Dirk Nowitzki first pitch

Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 9:26 pm
 
Dirk NowitzkiBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Update: MLB has invited Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch of one of the World Series games in Texas, ESPN reports. That would either be Games 3, 4 or 5. Spokesman Pat Courtney said that commissioner Bud Selig was unaware that Nowitzki was not involved, and felt he should be.

Read below for more on MLB not allowing Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before reversing itself.

Apparently a guy dressed up as a cartoon character is OK for throwing out the first pitch in the NLCS, but an NBA player can't throw out the first pitch in a World Series.

Major League Baseball nixed a Rangers proposal to have the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki throw out the first pitch in one of the Rangers' home games in the World Series. Although a report by ESPN claimed it was because of the NBA's labor issues, an MLB official denied that was the reason when asked by CBSSports.com.

The MLB official said MLB oversees the selection of the first pitch honorees and they prefer not to promote other sports, but instead promote their own sport. Each team gives the MLB office 10-15 names they are thinking about having throw out the first pitch, and MLB takes a role in saying which ones they would like. Nowitzki was on the Rangers' list and was denied by MLB. Last year the Rangers scheduled two former players and two former presidents (including one that's a former owner of the team) throw out the first pitch during their four scheduled home games in the World Series.

Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at a June 25 game after leading the Mavericks to the NBA title. Teams control who throws out the first pitch in the regular-season, but not the postseason.

Game 6 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Cardinals featured a person dressed up like the character Sully from the movie Monsters, Inc., the inspiration for the team's "beast mode" meme. While MLB oversees who throws out the first pitches in the first two rounds of the playoffs, they give the teams more leeway in their selections in the two rounds leading up to the World Series.

Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush threw out the first pitches before last year's home World Series games at Rangers Ballpark.

Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Adam Wainwright will throw out the "first" pitches at Game 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Comments

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:03 pm
 

MLB to allow Dirk Nowitzki first pitch

Well, well, well....I'm glad to see MLB got their head out of their you know what!  I bet the only reason they denied is Drik's boss, Mark Cuban.  MLB hates Cuban so much they almost denied the hero of Dallas to throw out a first pitch?  The ONLY reason they could have denied it was the last time Dirk did this in the regular season, it was a pretty bad pitch...LOL.  Seriously though, kudos to Nolan Ryan for placing Dirk on the first pitch roster, classy move sharing the lime light with another sport.  Go Rangers



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:53 pm
 

MLB to allow Dirk Nowitzki first pitch

As a Brewers fan who likes the fun gimmicks the club is known for, the guy in a costume was a disgrace.  Plenty of former players and hometown heroes that could have been selected that still hadn't done it this postseason.  If they wanted to go the "beast mode" route at least have John Goodman throw out the pitch, even if he's not going to wear the costume.



Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:07 pm
 

MLB nixes Dirk Nowitzki's first pitch

Right but they had 4 representatives.  The Bushes threw it out together.




Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:45 pm
 

MLB nixes Dirk Nowitzki's first pitch

The Rangers only had THREE home games during last year's World Series. You get paid to write this stuff, at least get the facts straight.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:19 pm
 

MLB nixes Dirk Nowitzki's first pitch

Wow, this is so stupid. This guy is a hero for the Dallas area, why the hell not let him throw out the first pitch? Stupid. Labor agreement or not this is pure stupidity on MLB's part and that moron Selig. 



Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:12 pm
 

MLB nixes Dirk Nowitzki's first pitch

All I can say about MLB and the dork Selig is show me the money.

It makes me puke evertime I see Mr Roids in the cards dugout,what a disgrace baseball has become. 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:01 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:00 pm
 

MLB nixes Dirk Nowitzki's first pitch

Lame...


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