Survivalist and television star Bear Grylls has outlasted the elements while conquering the outdoors. The adventurer may have gotten axed from ‘Man vs. Wild’ but that does not mean he still can’t be relevant in the media.
Grylls received the honor of throwing out the first pitch before a contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Instead of doing the same old wave to the crowd and throw to home plate, hoping the pitch does not fly over the catcher or dive bomb into the dirt, Grylls decided to spice things up and do something no one has ever done before when throwing out the first pitch of a ball game.
Once in front of the pitcher’s mound Grylls pulled out a lighter, knelt down and shielded the wind with his body as he lit the baseball on fire. He then stood up carefully as flames surrounded the ball in his hand and heaved it towards Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor, who had to lift his glove in the air as the baseball almost soared over his head. Treanor looked down at the ball and then inspected his glove to make sure no flames still existed.
I give Grylls props for coming up with such a unique way to throw out the first pitch. Unfortunately, there did not seem to be many fans in the stands to witness the amazing stunt firsthand.
Grylls may not be on television for the time being but that does not mean he is not working. He will continue his job as a motivational speaker and as a spokesman for his company Juice Plus. He also has an outdoor survival clothing line manufactured by Craghoppers.
The Dodgers went on to beat the Pirates 3-2 with Chris Capuano recording the win.