Billy Crystal gets 1st pitch honors at Yankees opener

April 6th, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. -- Actor and comedian is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Yankees open the 2022 regular season on Friday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Gates will open beginning at 11 a.m. All guests in attendance will receive an Opening Day commemorative ticket.

Pregame ceremonies are set to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the introduction of both teams on the baselines. The Yankees are strongly encouraging guests to arrive as early as possible to avoid lines that will increase in length as game time approaches.

A giant American flag will be unfurled on the field by Yankees season-ticket holders before the national anthem, which will be performed by singer and actress Shoshana Bean, who stars in the new Broadway show "Mr. Saturday Night."

The presentation of colors will be performed by the U.S. Army West Point Military Police Honor Guard.

Crystal, the star of "Mr. Saturday Night" -- a lifelong Yankees fan and close personal friend of Mickey Mantle who received an at-bat in a 2008 Spring Training game -- will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Yankee Stadium will also have guest DJay Jung performing prior to the game and during inning breaks. During the seventh-inning stretch, Grammy Award-nominated Broadway performer Quentin Earl Darrington from "MJ the Musical" will sing “God Bless America.”