Former Hurricanes defenseman (and Team Alberta starting pitcher) Mike Commodore will take batting practice with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, his current team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, announced today.
He'll also throw out the first pitch, a duty he once also performed for the Durham Bulls.
From Sunday's Columbus Dispatch:
Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore will take batting practice, shag fly balls and throw out the first pitch in Cincinnati on Tuesday night before the Reds game.
Commodore was a good baseball player as a teen and represented Alberta in Canadian provincial tournaments. He's taking his appearance seriously.
"I haven't taken live (batting practice) in 12 years," he said. "I'm spending the weekend in North Dakota (where he played college hockey) and I'll be in the cages. I don't want to embarrass myself."
Commodore excelled as a pitcher but admitted some jitters about his first-pitch duties.
"I've never thrown a pitch in front of that many people," he said.