Tom Hanks bought a little bit assist on the pitcher’s mound as he celebrated the Cleveland Guardians’ new period.
Hanks was a particular visitor to throw the ceremonial first pitch on the group’s residence opener Friday at Progressive Subject in opposition to the San Francisco Giants. The 2-time Oscar winner for greatest actor has been a fan of Cleveland’s skilled baseball group since his time within the metropolis within the late Seventies whereas working an internship on the Nice Lakes Shakespeare Pageant in his pre-Hollywood salad days.
The actor was introduced as a “Cleveland baseball fan since 1977, when he attended his first recreation at Cleveland’s Lakefront Municipal Stadium.” This 12 months marks the group’s first season since ditching its earlier Indians moniker, which had been in use since 1915; Hanks additionally helped the group announce the title change final summer time.
Including a nostalgic component to Friday’s recreation, Hanks carried a remote-controlled model of Wilson, the volleyball he bonded with in 2000’s Solid Away. “Becoming a member of Tom, please additionally welcome his former co-star from the film Solid Away: That’s Wilson, the volleyball,” mentioned the group’s announcer.
As soon as he bought to the mound, Hanks held Wilson over his head, exhibiting off the group’s brand on one facet of the ball and Wilson’s signature handprint-face visage on the opposite. Followers then watched as Wilson appeared to scurry across the infield, as if of its personal volition.
Ultimately, Hanks, who portrayed baseball supervisor Jimmy Dugan in 1992’s A League of Their Personal, tossed the sport’s first pitch to Larry Doby Jr., son of the late Larry Doby, a former member of the Cleveland Indians and the primary Black participant within the American League. The Giants beat the Guardians, 4-1.
Tom Hanks introduced Wilson from Castaway with him to assist throw tonight's first pitch in Cleveland 🏐