I’ve been waiting to write about this because I was hoping the Phillies would come to their senses. But it looks like they’re actually going to go ahead and let Mitch Williams throw out the first pitch before today’s game between the Phils and Brewers.
It just strikes me as odd that the organization reached out to a guy who has become the symbol of Phillies futility. You don’t see the Cubs asking Steve Bartman to throw out the first pich before their game.
After all, the Phillies aren’t in a situation where, like the Rays, they’re short on worthy first pitch candidates.
Boston brought back Buckner to throw out the first pitch at opening day this year, but that was opening day, not Game 1 of the playoffs. You lose opening day and it’s no big deal. You lose Game 1 and you’re two losses away from the golf course.
True, Williams has polished his image by serving as a capable post-game analyst on local Philadelphia TV. But this hardly seems like the time to roll the dice and let a possibly jinxed former reliever on to the field.
Umpbumpers, what do you think of Wild Thing’s return to the mound?