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Ivan Rodriguez puts on a new spin on the ceremonial first pitch

Apr 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

Ivan Rodriguez first pitch Reuters

Ivan Rodriguez officially put a bow on his 21-year major league career this evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner was honored during a pregame ceremony, after which he was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Michael Young. Pudge walked out to the front of the mound while Young crouched behind home plate. Pretty standard stuff. However, the pair decided to call an audible.

Rodriguez instead went back behind the plate and fired one down to Young, who stood behind second base. You can watch the throw here.

The two words that come to mind are “appropriate” and “awesome.”

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    That is sooooooooooo cool

  2. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Not original because it was talked about, widely, here in NY as Posada considered doing it here for the Yankees home opener.

    Also, why didn’t the Rangers give him a REAL, fitted hat? Instead, Pudge went out there sporting a cheap, adjustable hat.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      Yeah but they didn’t do it, and Pudge can actually throw baseballs.

    • bobdira - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM

      I’ll bet you look for ants when you’re on a picnic don’t you!!!!!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Really Randy? You can’t be serious. You are going to come with this?
      Hard to believe you got slammed for it huh?

    • professor59 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      If Posada did it, he’d have the entire opposing team go into 2B standing up before the ball arrived!

  3. jaypot23 - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    We get it Rangers PA guy. You didn’t have to give a play-by-play of what they were doing.

  4. azmoodyfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    DEFINITELY not original: Several years ago the D-Backs had Ryne Sandberg through out the first “pitch” to Mark Grace. At the ‘last minute’ they switched to their normal second base/first base positions and went from there.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Is your name Nancy? Or perhaps Debbie?

    • themohel - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Did Sandberg throw it out, or did he through it out?

  5. phillyphreak - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Who cares if it’s not original? Still pretty cool

  6. dgbk - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    its not original bobby “slaptstick” johnson back in 1923 threw the first pitch from right field to homeplate…… smh who cares who did it first was a great gesture not a rangers fan but that was cool

  7. azmoodyfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Who cares? Because the artical states it was “a NEW spin”, which it isn’t.

    • themohel - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      What is an “artical”?

  8. yankeesgameday - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Really tough crowd around here today

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      That’s for sure. Always liked Pudge

      • cur68 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        A buncha people named Francis need to lighten up. It was cool and Pudge & Young carried it off well. And yeah, Pudge be cool.

  9. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    “new spin”. Exactly. Would have been more accurate had the headline said something about pudge throwing a laser beam to second instead.

  10. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Boring- really? It’s not like the article was an overview of pudges career, or even about how after 21 years, he speaks English so poorly, and then just mentioned the “new twist”. Nope, the article was written to report the new, groundbreaking activity undertaken by pudge. (who by the way, i consider myself a fan of)

  11. micker716 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    You know what was cool? The baseball game played after the lame rehearsed ceremony with that skinny dude. Wow, pretty sudden weight loss there “Pudge”.

  12. storebrandcookies - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I wish Pudge a happy retirement. My first ever game I went to see is when Pudge hit a home run vs. the Angels at home and I’ll never forget that day.

  13. jlovenotjlo - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Hi I’m an east coast HBT commenter on this thread and my parents didn’t hug me enough. Therefore, I’m going to say some really asinine things about a great baseball moment.

  14. natstowngreg - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Regardless of what certain killjoys say, this post was both appropriate and awesome.

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