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Malcolm Smith throws first pitch for Los Angeles Dodgers, makes Seahawks fan out of Tommy Lasorda
Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane wasn't the only one who delivered a ceremonial first pitch this past weekend.
Super Bowl XLVIII MVP linebacker and Southern California native Malcolm Smith was in Los Angeles on Friday night, where he and U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones threw out the first pitch prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Diego Padres.
"Being a L.A. native, it's awesome to be here on the field and kind of see the big leagues in person," Smith told MLB.com before Friday's first pitch. "I'm not nervous. I think I'm a pretty good athlete. If I can't throw, we'll find out today. I've never played baseball, so we'll see."
While at the ballpark, Smith found time to chat up Tommy Lasorda, the longtime Dodgers manager (1976-96) who collected two World Series championship rings (1981, 1988) heading the club. Smith used the chance encounter to convince the Dodger great on why he should become a Seahawks fan.
"I've always been a big fan of Pete, and after having a good conversation with Malcolm I think he succeeded!" Lasorda tweeted when asked about his allegiance to the Seahawks on Sunday.
So until professional football returns to the City of Angels, count Lasorda as a new supporter of the Seahawks' blue and green.