Throwing out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game has become like the NBA dunk contest – the participants, increasingly declining in their social significance, increasingly attempt to dress-up a pretty basic event. Now don’t me wrong, I like the ceremonial first pitch tradition in baseball, and I recognize that when every stadium has to book 81 individuals each season, you’re not always going to get the President. Got it. But the first pitch is just fine on its own. Just get introduced, throw the ball, and get off the mound. Done and done.
Or, you could light the ball on fire, like Bear Grylls did at last night’s Dodgers game:
But here’s my question: if Bear Grylls throws out the first pitch, and no one is there to see it, does the ball still light on fire?