According to Matt Moreno of DodgerBlue.com, Ingram will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants: Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers rookie and No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Lakers head coach Luke Walton and former Lakers forward Metta World Peace previously had the honor of doing so this season.
Clippers guard J.J. Redick threw out the first pitch to Mike Trout at the Angels game on Saturday. Redick told Fox Sports that he was going to “throw a dart,” and he did … sort of. The thing is that the pitch bounced, but it wasn’t like a Paul Pierce first pitch bounce, it was more like a laser beam. The Fox Sports crew commented on how that was a pretty close call, but Trout was able to prevent anything terrible from happening, so it was fine.
In the last 40 seasons, only 10 teams have won even one championship, and three of those 10 — Portland, Washington and Seattle/OKC — won their championships more than three decades ago, in consecutive seasons — 1977, ’78 and ’79. None have won a championship since. Only seven teams have won a title since 1980. Seven. By contrast, since 1947, 23 different NFL teams have won championships. Of those 23 teams, 16 have won more than one title. Just in the Super Bowl era of the NFL — 50 years — there have been 19 different champions, led by the Pittsburgh Steelers, with six Lombardi trophies. Twelve NFL teams have won more than one Super Bowl. Since 1947, in Major League Baseball, 21 different teams have won World Series titles, led by the New York Yankees with 17. And of the 21 teams that have won a title during that time, 15 have won more than one title.