Q: How did you feel when you learned you wouldn’t throw out the first pitch in 1994?
A: I was disappointed. I’m a lifelong Indians fan, so is my dad. I had been following the Indians since I was a kid in the ’80s. I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I was disappointed that that may never come to fruition.
Q: What’s it like, 24 years later, to finally throw it?
A: I’m excited. I’m real excited. I’m grateful that the Indians have given me this opportunity. It’s even better now because I can share the experience with my family.
Q: Did you think you’d ever have the chance again?
A: No, I didn’t. The story was always in the back of my mind but I kind of forgot about it, to be honest until I was going through some old boxes and I ran across it.
Q: What kind of practice have you done for your appearance?
A: I have two young kids, so I pitch to them quite a bit. I’m involved in coaching with them, so I’ve been pitching to them quite a bit. I’m not too worried about it — I should be able to bring it.
Q: How’s it going to feel stepping on the mound after so long?
A: I’m excited about it — I’m going to fire it in there.
Q: Do you still think you’ll be able to throw at 92-mph?
A: I don’t think so. I’m past my prime.
6:45 PM EST
June 5, 2018