Friday, June 16, 2006

Tim McGraw Throws Out First Pitch For $37,374

Tim McGraw had the reenactment down perfectly -- until he threw the pitch. The country music singer threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Phillies-Mets game on Thursday in memory of his late father, former big-league pitcher Tug McGraw.

Tim McGraw came in from right field sporting the No. 45 uniform like his father had done 247 times at Veterans Stadium with the Phillies. He then delivered the first pitch just a little wide to Phils catcher Chris Coste.
Phillies players wore bracelets with the number 45 and the initials YGB for "Ya gotta believe." The bracelets, stitched with baseball seams, will be sold to benefit the foundation.

Brett Myers and his wife, Kim, on behalf of Phillies Charities, presented McGraw with a check for $37,374 to benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation. The foundation supports patients who have been diagnosed with brain cancer so that they can improve their quality of life.

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