Longtime indie-rock hero Ira Kaplan, who co-fronts the band Yo La Tengo, is a lifelong Mets fan, and his band is even named after an anecdote about the 1962 Mets. Today is a big day for him, as he’ll be throwing out the first pitch prior to this afternoon’s Mets/Phillies game. I’ll be there with a few friends to cheer him on.
I’ve known Ira for over 30 years and helped him get his arm in shape during a throwing session in East River Park last week. He’s treating his first pitch as a true pitch, complete with a windup and a bit of mustard on his fastball. (By contrast, I treated my recent first pitch at ECU as more of a throw, like I was just playing catch.) Although he’s now 66 years old, Ira can still bring it — I was impressed by his arm and have no doubt that he’ll do well today. Full report to follow tomorrow!