The ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game is a chance for people of all sorts to be on the big stage of the team and game they love. We’ve seen a lot of different kinds of first pitches, like gymnasts flipping, rappers not quite succeeding, and children both costumed and inspirational.
Here’s one you probably haven’t seen. On Wednesday night at the Arizona Diamondbacks game, the world experienced one of the most bizarre first pitch sequences of all time. It stars a team of a human, Christian, and his dog, Scooby. Scooby is a tiny little chihuahua, and as you’ll see, Scooby is the true star of this act. (And probably the true star of everything he does, because he’s absolutely adorable.) These two were on the show “America’s Got Talent,” and they brought their act to Chase Field.
Yup. Totally normal.
It’s a fairly complicated act. First, Christian puts Scooby on his shoulder, and bends so the dog can crawl on his back. Then, Christian lifts his entire body into the air and balances on this little pole, so his body is parallel to the ground. The dog is still on his back, by the way. Then as Christian starts to rotate, Scooby gets up on his hind legs and conducts. He could be doing magic, he could be conducting an invisible orchestra, or he could be doing some special secret chihuahua paw movement that humans aren’t allowed to understand.
Then, after Scooby climbs back to Christian’s shoulder and everyone is back on solid ground, Christian has Scooby kiss the baseball before he throws a high, arcing pitch to home plate. MLB’s Cut4 put together an absolutely necessary gif of this first pitch.
This is now the only gif you’ll ever need, it’s rendered all other gifs completely obsolete.
There are a lot of things to love about this first pitch, but mine is definitely the little dog in his little Diamondbacks jersey standing on Christian’s back conducting magic.
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