Beloved Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Pascal Dupuis did the honors of shooting the “first pitch,” opposed to throwing it, last night before the Double-A Altoona Curve game.
Taking the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Dupuis — whose done this before — shot a puck off a board towards a girl wearing goalie gear for the ceremonial “first pitch”.
Performing the same ritual three years ago, Dupuis noticed it was altered this time around, not knowing the puck had a little more lift off the board:
“The little girl had to make a save with her chest instead of her glove,” he said. ”I feel bad, I hit the little girl in the mask. But that’s why she was wearing goalie equipment, is what she said. At least she made the save.”
The Altoona Curve have now been executing this way of throwing out the first pitch since 2010.
Forward James Neal went last year (2012), former Penguin’ Matt Cooke did it the year before (2011), and Dupuis (as referenced before) did it in 2010.