Hank Steinbrenner wasn't kidding.
In an apparent ode to his claim that Red Sox Nation was a joke, and nothing compared to the "Yankee Universe," an astronaut will throw out tonight's ceremonial first pitch when New York and Boston begin a two-game series at Yankee Stadium.
From space. As in outer.
According to the New York Daily News, it will be the first ceremonial first pitch in Yankee history thrown from space. Gee, really?
[NASA astronaut Dr. Garrett] Reisman, a lifelong Yankee fan, carried a Yankee banner, a cap autographed by George Steinbrenner and a pile of dirt from the Yankee Stadium pitcher's mound with him onboard the International Space Station on March 12.
The New Jersey native said throwing the first pitch will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"I am really honored to have this opportunity, in such a historic season, in the House that Ruth Built," he said.
Space? Even Dwight Evans didn't have that good an arm.