On Friday September 16, Simon Dumont became the first ever freeskier to throw a ceremonial first pitch at an MLB baseball game as he let one fly off the mound at historic Fenway Park. Simon's pitch kicked off the evening's events; the Boston Red Sox went on to defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 4-3.
We caught up with Simon yesterday to see how he enjoyed the experience; here's what he had to say:
" Doing this has always been a dream of mine, growing up in Bethel, Maine and having always loved the Sox. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do it though.
When I first came out I was right by the Green Monster, so I got to touch that which was sweet. I got to walk around for 45 minutes, I did an interview with NESN and just hung out and watched everything going on; they were setting up for the game and people were starting to fill in to the park.
It was really cool to just roam around the field and do pretty much whatever I wanted. No security bothering me, no nothing. Basically it was just the ultimate treatment.
It made me feel like a respected athlete, pretty proud. I was looking around and I had to just step back, and reflect. I thought, I've done pretty well for myself. This is a pretty awesome thing to be doing. "
Was Simon nervous prior to the pitch? He explains further in this interview with NESN.