Australian football favorite throws first pitch in Sydney

Reuters, SYDNEY

Sun, Mar 23, 2014 - Page 20

Indigenous Australian football player Adam Goodes, who was named Australian of the Year last year, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the opening game of the Major League Baseball season at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) yesterday.

The start of the clash between National League West rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks was delayed for 14 minutes by rainstorms over Australia’s biggest city.

Once the tarpaulin came off the field, Goodes, who plays for the Sydney Swans Australian Rules team which calls the SCG home, took to the mound.

He followed in the footsteps of several US presidents who have previously performed the season-opening tradition.