Cleveland, Ohio – The Cleveland Indians are pulling out all the stops tonight for game 7 of the World Series, and that includes the pregame festivities.
An anonymous team representative has confirmed that former Indians closer Jose Mesa will throw the ceremonial first pitch into the back of Omar Vizquel before tonight’s deciding World Series game against the Chicago Cubs.
“Yes, I can confirm that Jose Mesa will be participating in the pregame festivities tonight. Hopefully the Cleveland faithful will give him a warm welcome and he’ll pump up the crowd by plunking Omar Vizquel in the back one more time. Just rear back and wing it right between his shoulder blades,” the representative said.
“We can’t think of a better way to kick off this historic night than seeing Vizquel writhing around the ground after being beaned.”
Mesa, of course, has long held a grudge against Vizquel after his former teammate criticized Mesa for blowing a crucial save in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series against the Marlins.
Mesa went on to say he would hit Vizquel every time he faced him in the future and threw at him twice before retiring in 2007.
The former closer said it would be an honor to throw at Vizquel one last time before tonight’s Game 7.
“I can’t wait to just reach back and throw one last heater into the base of Omar’s skull. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it as much as I do,” Mesa said.