On Tuesday, August 20, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host their annual Lakers Night and this year, All-Star forward Anthony Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the team announced earlier this week.
Believe it or not, Davis has only thrown one ceremonial first pitch in his life and he did it before he was drafted No. 1 overall by the New Orleans in 2012. Additionally, this will be Davis’ first pitch in the big leagues because New Orleans doesn’t have an MLB team. They do, however, have a Minor League team called the Baby Cakes.
Last year, Josh Hart threw out the first pitch for Lakers Night at Dodgers Stadium. As far as pitches by basketball players go, his wasn’t half bad.
Fun fact: Almost every Laker that has thrown out a pitch at Dodgers stadium over the last five years is no longer with the team, including Moe Wagner, Svi Mykhailiuk, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Luke Walton, Nick Young, Corey Brewer and Jeremy Lin. That’s right: Corey Brewer threw out a first pitch at Dodgers Stadium.
Kyle Kuzma hasn’t even thrown out a first pitch at Dodgers Stadium yet.
Hopefully Davis doesn’t let the pressure of throwing out his first MLB pitch get to him, or else he’ll end up going viral for all of the wrong reasons like Nick Young, who might still hold the title for “Worst First Pitch By A Laker.”
As long as Davis doesn’t go “full Swaggy,” he should be alright.