To make your best pitch, sometimes it’s best to take a couple of pitches.
That’s what Billy Bob Thornton, star of Par’s”Bad News Bears” remake, forgot to do last week at the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game broadcast over ESPN the day before baseball’s actual Midsummer Classic.
The idea was for Thornton, batting for the American Leaguers, to help tubthump the movie by taking his swings against the young actors portraying the Bears, who replaced the National League fielders for his at-bat.
But as ESPN announcers Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe were trying to set up the moment, National League pitcher Jennie Finch delivered the ball, and Thornton whacked it past one of the scrambling kids for a clean single.
“If he wants more publicity for his movie, don’t swing at the first pitch,” quipped Sutcliffe.
A couple of innings later, Thornton again bingled past his Bears on the first offering, leaving him two-for-two, but the Par promo department hitless.