Indians Hall of Famer to throw Game 7 ceremonial first pitch
Cleveland is calling on an Indians Hall of Famer to deliver the first pitch — and hopefully some luck — for Game 7 of the World Series.
Jim Thome, an integral part of Cleveland's World Series runs of the '90s, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Progressive Field Wednesday night. The game ball will be delivered to the mound by former Indians slugger Travis Hafner.
And while he won't be throwing out the first pitch, Charlie Sheen will also reportedly be in attendance for Game 7. Sheen tweeted a photo earlier in the day indicating that he was traveling to Cleveland for the game.
All of the ceremonial first pitches in the World Series this year have been thrown out by former players. Major League Baseball, along with the teams, work together to decide on who gets the honor for each game.
“As an ex-player, you feel it with them,” Thome told Cleveland.com before Game 5. “You want this to happen so badly.”
Thome was drafted by the Indians in 1989, and played for their major league club from 1991-2002 before returning again in 2011. He is the franchise's all-time home run leader with 337, and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in earlier this year. The Indians built a statue of Thome at Progressive Field outside in 2014.
Despite being a native of Peoria, Ill., and a Cubs fan growing up, Thome's allegiance remains with the Tribe. He attended Game 1 in Cleveland and took his son to Game 5 at Wrigley Field.
My bag is packed,
and help is on the way!!
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) November 2, 2016