Pittsburgh Pirates: Damar Hamlin Throws Out First Pitch

Jun 27, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (left)
Jun 27, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (left) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Damar Hamlin, the proud product of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and a current player for the Buffalo Bills had an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday night. This significant moment for Hamlin and Pittsburgh Pirates after the terrible incident that took place this past NFL season. It also, coincides with the team's debut of their City Connect Jerseys, making it an obvious and impactful choice for the occasion.

During the past NFL season, Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after making a tackle. But he never let them define him, he returned to the public spotlight and became a remarkable story. His ability to overcome adversity captured the hearts of fans and supporters, making his return to Pittsburgh all the more special. The opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates game served as a testament to his character and the impact he has had on his community.

As Hamlin stood on the mound at PNC Park, the crowd welcomed him with open arms. The timing of the event was perfect, as the team was donning their City Connect Jerseys which Hamlin of course was in one. This added significance made Hamlin's selection for throwing the first pitch an obvious and excellent choice. Not to mention he had Andrew McCutchen receiving the pitch, an obvious choice.

Throwing out the first pitch at a major league baseball game is an honor reserved for individuals who have made a notable impact. Hamlin's presence on the mound symbolized his accomplishments and the unwavering determination that carried him through the challenges of his NFL season. It was a powerful moment that celebrated his journey and the resilience he had displayed. Jeff Hathhorn of 93.7 The Fan shared a vide of the moment:

Pittsburgh Pirates made Tuesday night's game all Pittsburgh with their City Connect Jerseys and having Damar Hamlin throw out the first pitch.

Hamlin's return to Pittsburgh, coupled with the debut of the City Connect Jerseys, made for an impactful night at the ballpark. The fusion of sports and community pride was palpable, reminding everyone in attendance of the strong bond between the city and its athletes. It was a collective celebration of resilience and the spirit of Pittsburgh.

Damar Hamlin's triumphant return to Pittsburgh, marked by his ceremonial first pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a memorable and impactful moment. It celebrated his accomplishments as an athlete but as a person for what he overcame. The awareness raised can only lead to positive results in the future. The convergence of his return, the City Connect Jerseys, and the collective pride of the city made it a night to remember for Pittsburgh and all those in attendance.