BROOKLINE, Mass. – The players in the all-international final of the U.S. Amateur are doing something very American on Saturday night: throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park.
Australian Oliver Goss and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick have accepted invitations to stand before nearly 38,000 fans in Boston and toss the ceremonial first pitches prior to the Red Sox-Yankees game.
Though both have thrown a baseball, their expectations are rather low.
“It will be a bit strange for me,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’ve not got a bad throw, I guess.”
“It’ll definitely be a new experience,” Goss said. “I’ll be really nervous. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
This marks back-to-back trips to Fenway for Goss, who took in the series opener Friday night. He sat down the third-base line and enjoyed the raucous atmosphere that accompanied the return of disgraced third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Upon arriving to the park midway through the first inning, Goss said, “A-Rod comes out as soon as we sit down, and everyone just goes nuts with the boos and the ‘you suck!’ and some things I don’t want to mention. To have that many people get so high-spirited and intensely focused into the game was just great.”