Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The Stars are Out: June 2019
Told you I wouldn't keep these til the middle of the month again.
This is another assortment of cards from my ever-expansive process to document celebrities and generally famous personnel throwing out first pitches, or just generally existing, on baseball fields. All of these were taken in June, though a few stragglers from June are being saved for tomorrow, for a special occasion.
Normally with Stars are Out, you get a window into what the selected person's favorite MLB squad is. Here...it's not the case. Having worked with Michael Strahan once, a long time ago, I know for a fact he's not gonna drop his allegiance to the Giants for nothing. So this...odd picture is a result of the Good Morning America crew's traveling summer showcases, where they pop up in a different US city every once in a while and do the show there. In this case, they wound up in Philly, and after a bit of catching up with his former rival John Runyan (who I have also worked with), Strahan showed up at Citizens Bank Park, adorned in a Phils jersey, and threw out a first pitch. Odd-looking, but hella cool.
That over...uh, I'm gonna guess he's towards the center of the photo, is John Cena. Perhaps you may have heard of him. As someone who's not really into the WWE, even I knew about the unstoppable media force that is John Cena, even before he actually became a comedy mainstay and rocked Blockers out of the park. I didn't know of his Padres allegiance, though he was there for a special reason: Logan Allen told John Cena that he'd never make the major leagues, and Cena bet a dollar that he would. Well, on the day of Allen's MLB debut as the starter at Petco Park, Cena was there with a dollar, ever-willing to keep his end of the bargain. So that's awesome.
Damn, we're starting with two awesome stories. I don't know how I'm gonna keep this up:
Joe Mantegna, despite playing a lot of wiseguys on film, has become a fairly respectable figure in the media, with some solid work on Criminal Minds. Plus, apparently he's a super nice guy (friend of mine's friendly with his daughter), and, of course, as a part-time Bill Swerski, he's a diehard Chicago sports-fan. So he's always welcome at Wrigley, though I still think he's got a soft-spot for either Da Bearssss or Da Bulllssss.
[Yes, I know George Wendt did it more often, but Mantegna did the first one, and he was pretty damn good too]
This one's kinda cool to me, because as someone who grew up in the 90s, pretty much everything I watched back in the day had Wayne Knight in it. Off the top of my head, he did the Buzz Lightyear animated series, he was a character on 3rd Rock from the Sun, he was in Space Jam, Jurassic Park, My Favorite Martian...and yes, he was Newman on Seinfeld. He's just one of those ubiquitous pop culture figures of his time that you can't help but enjoy. I kind of love his black Dodgers uniform here, too. Very rare.
I had no idea Lowe was a Reds guy, just like I had no idea Bruce Willis was a Phils guy. Still, Lowe, now almost completely grey, made a nice showing in Cincy. I forget if he was promoting anything, but maybe he was under the pretense that if he didn't, Parks and Rec would do a reunion.
That's all for June, but watch the skies tomorrow for a special edition of this for an important holiday...not the one you're thinking, though.