Tom Hanks throws out first pitch at game in Tokyo

May 8, 2009 11:55:32 AM PDT
Hollywood star Tom Hanks was in a league of his own Friday when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Japanese professional baseball game.

Hanks, who is in Tokyo with director Ron Howard to promote their film "Angels & Demons," took a few warm-up pitches before heading out to the mound to throw out the first pitch at a game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome.

With Howard behind the plate and Yomiuri infielder Hayato Sakamoto in the batter's box, Hanks threw a pitch that bounced several feet in front of home plate before skidding past a diving Howard.

Hanks said it was an honor to take the mound at the home stadium of the Giants, Japan's most popular team.

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