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Mike Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch for Yankees on Opening Day

Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

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Here’s a fun one.

The Yankees issued a press release just a short while ago detailing pre-game ceremonies for Opening Day against the Tigers on Thursday. On hand for the festivities will be Mike Mussina, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He’ll be the 10th former Yankee player to have the honor.

Mussina went 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA over eight seasons with the club. He retired following the 2008 season, when he went 20-9 with a 3.36 ERA and finished sixth in the balloting for the American League Cy Young Award.

You think the Yankees invited Mussina to throw out the first pitch so that they can see if he still has something left? Just saying. I mean, honestly, he’d probably be a better alternative for the rotation than Kevin Millwood, even at the age of 42.

  1. wondroushippo - Mar 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Yeah, as soon as I saw the headline, I thought: “It’s a trap!”

  2. Brian Murphy - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    He was there for eight years? Damn. Where does the time go?

  3. Glenn - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    As I life-long Red Sox fan, I still always admired Mike Mussina. He was always an intelligent class act. Mike could step in as the number three starter for the Yanks right now.

  4. jwbiii - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    Cool! Nice gesture. Hat tip to the Steinbrennerlings! Pettitte next year?

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    This is a story???????? So why don’t you list the names of the people throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the other games?

    • iftheshoefits2 - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:28 AM

      Canuck,

      Because they just issued a press release that a recently retired player is throwing the pitch. Coincidentally, he played a position of significant need for the current team, so it allows for jokes to be made.

      Lighten up, Francis.

      It is not a conspiracy to make you feel onadequate that your team has less writers covering it, which means less decent content to be covered.

      • iftheshoefits2 - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Or inadequate….

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:38 AM

        I have little respect for Mussina. He lost whatever respect I might have had for him when he tried to show up Cito Gaston in an All Star game.

      • banksatdixie - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        Grand Hitting Wizard Cito Gaston??? Nooooo!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:22 AM

      Hey Proudly, time to realize NOBODY and i mean NOBODY cares about the jays unless you life in miserable canada which isnt a big baseball town anyway. Trust me the jays get closer and closer with every passing day to joining the Expos, LOL hahahhhaha

  6. yankeesfanlen - Mar 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!

  7. trevorb06 - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I’d personally love to see Moose try to throw some fire when he gets up there. Think he can crack 85? 90? How cool would that be?!

    I’d love to see the Twin’s do this with Radke one year.

  8. Panda Claus - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    So if he’s on-hand in uniform to throw out the first pitch, does this reinstate the “Curse of the Moosina”? The “curse” of course refers to the inability to win a WS while he was collecting checks from the NY Pinstripes. Not hating, just asking.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    surprised Utley’s ballsack didnt comment here, what a LOSER that clown is

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