UConn’s Kemba Walker to throw tonight’s first pitch
As the Yankees get back to the diamond after last night’s rainout, they’ll prepare to honor the newly crowned 2011 NCAA college basketball champion University of Connecticut Huskies in a pregame ceremony.
Kemba Walker, the Huskies’ First-Team All-American point guard and the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, is scheduled to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. He’s had a busy week – he announced on Tuesday that he’ll be entering this year’s NBA Draft – and said that he’s a little nervous about getting to the Bronx.
“I didn’t think it was that serious at first, but it’s serious,” Walker told The Associated Press.
Walker’s toss is something that UConn head coach Jim Calhoun said over the weekend at Fenway Park that he might show up to attend, despite his devout Red Sox fandom.
In 2004, Calhoun said he declined invitations from the Yankees to throw a first pitch at the old Stadium because he couldn’t set foot on that mound; the Yankees then said they’d never invited him. Either way, there will be several of Walker’s UConn teammates on hand tonight.
Additionally on Wednesday, the Yankees will honor New York City hero Carlos Flores Sr., who in March saved a man who was trapped on the subway tracks. His son Carlos Jr., who excels in baseball with one hand like his hero – and former Yankee – Jim Abbott, will throw out a first pitch prior to the Yankees taking the field.