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Update: Dirk Nowitzki will throw out first pitch for Game 3

Oct 19, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

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UPDATE 10:01 pm: Bud Selig has seen the mistake, stepped in and has saved the day. Hey, it happens, a broken clock is right twice a day.

After seeing the public backlash and realizing they looked like fools, Selig and Major League Baseball stepped in and said “what do you mean we said Dirk Nowitzki couldn’t throw out the first pitch, of course he can.” ESPNDallas.com has the full report.

Earlier Wednesday the MLB had shot the idea down (read below, but basically it was a solidarity move with their fellow owners), but a little sunshine on that decision and the MLB backtracked from it. Of course, they did it with the “Selig didn’t know or he would have approved it the first time” language. But at least they did the right thing.

So check out the big German throwing out the first pitch Saturday night.

3:45 pm: Bad karma, Major League Baseball. Bad karma.

The Texas Rangers open the World Series Wednesday night against the Cardinals in St. Louis. When the Rangers return home, they wanted newly minted NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch. Maybe a little good karma rubs off on them. Smart move.

But Major League Baseball tossed Nowitzki from the game before he ever got to the mound. Marc Stein at ESPN explains.

Sources told ESPNDallas.com that — with the NBA in the midst of a lockout that has spanned 111 days — at least some hesitation stems from the idea that MLB executives want to stand behind their basketball counterparts and have notified the Rangers that they can’t bestow first-pitch honors on an NBA player.

Major League Baseball insists that the NBA’s labor unrest had no impact on Nowitzki not being selected to throw out the first pitch.

Right. And I like Minka Kelly for her acting skills.

Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at the Rangers’ June 24 game, right after the Mavericks won the title. It was a pretty good pitch, actually, Nowitzki has a little J.R. Richards in there.

Hey, Bug Selig and other MLB owners, I get you like the other insanely rich old white guys (and Michael Jordan) and want to back them, but let the teams pick their first pitch guys without interference. Or instant karma’s going to get you.

  1. thekingdave - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    J.R. Richard, unless he was singing “Counting Blue Cars”

  2. Jeffco3 - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    FYI: Bud Selig isn’t an MLB owner.

  3. goforthanddie - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    If they won’t let a player do it, let Cuban do it. Texas fans will love it just as much.

  4. rajbais - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    The World Series ratings better tank!!!
    It deserves to because its game is boring and its old-ass owners are a bunch of uptight grouches!!!

    Plus, unlike the NBA, MLB has cheated its ways to maximize profits by having illegal, drastically altering, and authenticity watering substances!!!

    The fact that there are baseball fans who hate on the NBA and call it a “play-for-pay” only league disgusts me to the highest order!!!

  5. renegadewj - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    So wait, Bud Selig will allow Aaron Rodgers to throw out the first pitch of a Brewers game while the NFL is locked out, but won’t let Dirk do the same for the Rangers. What’s the matter Bud, a little salty that your Brewers didn’t make it!

  6. mjbulls45 - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    aikman or rodger

  7. jayrandle - Oct 20, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Am I the only one that had to google Minka Kelly?

    Good name drop but I had no idea who she was?

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