Earl Weaver to Throw First Pitch…to Buck Showalter
Via Roch Kubatko of MASN comes this delightful little bit of information this morning.
That’s right, The Duke of Earl, Earl Weaver, will throw out the first pitch at the O’s April 4th home opener.
Awesome enough in itself.
However, to add an exclamation point to the ceremony, Buck Showalter will be on the receiving end of the pitch.
The symbolism here is obvious.
The last guy to win a World Series as O’s manager passing the torch to the guy who we all hope will be the next (Oops. Joe Altobelli was manager in 83. Earl was 68-82 and 85-86). I guess it would have been too over-the-top to just have Earl hand Buck a baton, huh?
Needless to say, I enjoyed the news.
Hey, when you’ve endured 13 straight losing seasons like we have, it doesn’t take much to get us excited.
See you all at the Yard on Monday.