Itâ€™s not every day that you see a member of the Royal Family at a ballpark, but thatâ€™s the sight we were treated toÂ prior toÂ the Twins-Mets game on Saturday.
Prince HarryÂ stepped onÂ to the mound with a Mets cap on his headÂ and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He made a good job of it as well.Â It was a bit high, but itâ€™s much better to serve up a bit of chin music than to leave the field to a chorus of groans having failed to reach the plate.Â Jonny Gould always used to claim, somewhat mischievously, thatÂ members of theÂ Royal Family watched â€˜Baseball on 5â€™.
On that evidence, maybe Jonny was telling the truth after all?
Itâ€™s not the first time the Royal Family has shown an interest in the sport.Â As Josh Chetwynd explains in ‘British Baseball and the West Ham Club’, Â on 4 July 1918 King George V was one of 38,000 people, including Winston ChurchillÂ and theÂ Prime Minister David Lloyd George,Â packed intoÂ Chelseaâ€™s Stamford Bridge to watch a ballgame between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
Prince Harry’s appearance was the second royal sporting visit of the week.Â The Queen attended Wimbledon on Thursday for the first time in 33 years.Â While the official line for her long absence was that she is always busy in the summer,Â many haveÂ suggested that Her Majesty is not much of a tennis fan.
Maybe she prefers baseball?
I’m sure she would be more than welcome at this year’s National Baseball Championships and she can bring Prince Harry along to throw out the first pitch.