Don Cherry throws first pitch and helps the Blue Jays celebrate a very Canadian Canada Day
Don Cherry's first pitch makes for a great Canada Day
Don Cherry is about as Canadian as they come. He is a hockey broadcasting legend, he wears amazing suits and he took time out of his day to stump for Josh Donaldson's election to this year's All-Star Game. Who better, then, to lead Rogers Centre's celebration on Canada Day?
LOOK AT THAT SUIT.
Cherry threw out the first pitch ahead of the Jays' game against the Red Sox to his favorite third baseman -- and according to Cherry, Donaldson assured him, "Don't worry, just throw it. I won't let you look bad."
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After Cherry's first pitch, the Jays scored five runs in the first inning. Coincidence? Well, when Jose Bautista slammed a home run in the bottom of the second to make it 7-0, Cherry took credit: "I shook his hand before [the game]."
While in the broadcast booth, Cherry talked about trying to get Donaldson -- whom as of Monday was leading the AL third baseman vote -- elected to the ASG.
"That's going to happen to Josh -- he's the best third baseman in the world and they're going to say, 'Oh well, Canada doesn't vote, eh?' And boy, did we vote or something.
"I'm telling you, Canada knows baseball."
(There are unconfirmed reports that every single Canadian citizen from Newfoundland to the Yukon Territory then paused in the middle of what they were doing to yell in response, "TELL 'EM, DON.")
In the end, the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox, 11-2. We'll call that a pretty successful Canada Day.