NHRA's Hagan to Throw Out First Pitch at San Francisco Giants Game
Matt Hagan will do more than just race his DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in the Bay Area this week.
Hagan, 27, will throw out the first pitch on Thursday night at AT&T Park prior to the game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. This will mark the first time Hagan has thrown out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.
“I’m actually really excited because I’ve never done anything like this before,” Hagan said. “But I’m a little nervous. I don’t want to bounce the ball on the ground. I’ve been practicing just playing catch with my dad (David) and my wife (Rachel).
“I think it’s awesome to be able to have the privilege to do this. I’m looking forward to watching the game and having some fun.”
Hagan enters this weekend’s FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in third place in the Funny Car point standings. He has two victories for his career in Houston and Chicago, both coming in 2010. He also holds the elapsed-time track record at Infineon Raceway of 4.068 seconds and the top-speed record of 307.51 mph, both set last year in his rookie season. He was also No. 1 qualifier at Infineon in 2009.