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Cousins To Toss Ceremonial First Pitch

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 6, 2012 – 2:19 pm

Redskins’ rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins on Saturday will instead aim at a catcher’s mitt instead of between his receivers’ numbers.

Cousins is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Lansing Lugnuts game at Fifth Third Ballpark at 7 p.m. Saturday in Comstock Park, Mich.

The first pitch is part of “Meet Kirk Cousins” night at the Whitecaps’ home stadium, which is located about an hour west of the Michigan State campus, where Cousins — the fourth-round pick of the Redskins in April’s NFL Draft — was the Spartans’ all-time winningest quarterback and holds Michigan State records for passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions, passing efficiency and total offense.

Cousins won’t be the only honoree at Saturday night’s game, which is also being advertised as “Star Wars Night.”

To my knowledge, Cousins will add his name to the distinguished list of nose tackle Chris Neild and safety Reed Doughty as the Redskins players to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at various venues in recent weeks.

Reed Doughty did so June 8 at the Potomac Nationals’ game.

I was on hand, meanwhile, to see Neild fire a perfect underhand strike to the catcher prior to a Virginia state softball semifinal game, also on June 8:

But every time I think of ceremonial first pitches, I can’t help but recall Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007.

With that in mind — good luck, Kirk!

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