Hello, Happy Readers!
John's on the road, so I have been tasked with posting something this morning.
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John got to see a member of the band Korn throw out the first pitch in one of the games he attended. Now, I'm not bagging on Korn....I loved them in the South Park/Scooby Doo episode in which they starred.
However, it did get me wondering: Does the throwing out of the first pitch mean anything to anyone? I know that a lot of the beauty of baseball is the tradition, the little rituals. At some point, though, doesn't it seem that the acting out of the traditions themselves might become so hollow that they become mere parodies of our cultural love of the game?
There are a few points to be made in favor of the First Pitch Ceremony:
1) It doesn't hurt anybody, Just throw it out and be done with it!
2) It may not be important to Joe Audience Member, but to the people chosen to make the throw, it's something they will always remember. Once John and I were at a Royals game and the 'first pitch' was thrown by a few kids, chosen from the crowd. They took turns, so each got to throw out a 'first pitch' (which kind of made NO sense to me, but whatever). The point is, these kids got to throw a ball to a REAL Major League Catcher! Good for them!
3) The First Pitch ceremony has always been done, period. Just do it.
Now, the points against the First Pitch Ceremony:
1) It has no bearing on the game, and is usually done before the spectators are even aware something is going on. Why bother?
2) It seems to be a bit hollow a tradition, when they have some random kid or some random Korn member do it, highlighting how little importance the tradition now has.
3) When they do it at every game, it dilutes the coolness quotient of the ceremony. They should reserve it for when there is a local or national VIP available, such as Queen Elizabeth, or Frank Drebin, then it would be more special, and the spectators might actually notice it more.
My personal thought is this: I think it has become a hollow gesture, one that doesn't harm the game or add or detract from the experience. If I were the Goddess of Baseball, I'd hold it in reserve for when we could get someone cool, but maybe that's just me.
What do you guys think? Are hollow traditions better than no traditions?