We did it, you guys — Dirk Nowitzki is throwing out a pitch at the World Series. All because of us, the Internet, who were like, “Ummmm, why don’t you let Dirk Nowitzki throw out the first pitch considering he’s the most famous athlete in all of Texas?”
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be throwing out a World Series first pitch after all.
After it emerged earlier Wednesday that the Rangers’ desire to have Nowitzki throw out the first pitch before one of their home games against the St. Louis Cardinalshad been rejected by Major League Baseball, league officials reversed course and announced hours later that Nowitzki would be invited to throw the ceremonial pitch before Saturday’s Game 3.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney, after earlier in the day confirming that the Rangers’ request to bestow first-pitch honors on Nowitzki had been denied, said commissioner Bud Selig was not involved in the original veto and ordered the reversal.
It feels pretty good to do something nice for someone else. I’m not saying that the Internet is the whole reason that Bud Selig decided to get involved with the pregame pitching choices in the World Series, but I’d be willing to bet that if this thing just slid on by (baseball pun) without anyone noticing, BudDawg wouldn’t have made the executive decision to let Dirk whip a ball over a catcher’s head.
But he did get involved, because of you guys and us guys. Not to pat us all on the back too much, but I think we just made the World Series a whole lot Dirkier. Great job, everyone.
It used to be that the NBA lockout was just affecting basketball. That makes sense since, you know, the NBA is a basketball league. But now, it’s crossing in to other sports and ruining things for them too.
And not minor things, either. We’re talking big-time events. We’re talking the World Series. From ESPN:
The Texas Rangers nominated Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before one of their home games in the World Series, but sources with knowledge of the team’s plans say that the recommendation has been nixed by Major League Baseball. [...]
Sources told ESPNDallas.com that — with the NBA in the midst of a lockout that has spanned 111 days — at least some hesitation stems from the idea that MLB executives want to stand behind their basketball counterparts and have notified the Rangers that they can’t bestow first-pitch honors on an NBA player.
Oh great. Way to go, NBA. Now you’re messing with the national pastime. You’re depriving millions of fans of seeing this:
Well, at least this might raise awareness of the lockout, which could in turn lead to baseball fans getting worried that their basketball bros would miss out on a championship like they did in 1994, which could in turn lead to the resolution of the lockout. When baseball fans get angry about something, they really take it to another level. Just think of Mark McGwire not being in the Hall of Fame.
Probably not though. They’ll probably just eat their peanuts and Cracker Jack without even caring when the NBA will ever come back. Too bad. I really thought we had something there.