To get the latest edition of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets started, the Mets brought out tennis legend John McEnroe to throw out the first pitch for the August 1st contest at Citi Field. As opposed to others that have tried their luck at this baseball tradition, the 57-year-old McEnroe offered up a quality pitch.
A native New Yorker, McEnroe wore a blue Mets jersey and cap as he went to the mound. Showing that his athleticism was still in evidence, he threw a fastball and then quickly bounced off the mound to shake hands with the Mets’ catcher.
McEnroe’s effort was in severe contrast to some of the other individuals who have attempted to offer a first pitch from the same mound. One of the more notorious instances came in 2009 when Gary Dell’abate, a producer for the Howard Stern’s satellite radio show made his attempt. Dell’abate came to the mound and offered a pitch that didn’t come close to the plate and instead hit an umpire who was waiting for the ceremony to end. The effort resulted in a huge amount of ridicule from Stern and his staff.
McEnroe ended his singles’ tennis career in 1992 after winning three Wimbledon titles and four U.S. Open championships. However, he still competes in doubles competition and some senior events. Later this month, he will serve as a color commentator for the U.S. Open, which will take place just next door to Citi Field.