DETROIT (AP) — Everyone from presidents to pop stars have thrown out ceremonial first pitches at Major League Baseball games through the years.
The Detroit Tigers brought in a unique individual to do the honors on Tuesday: A samurai warrior.
Thrown by John Truong wearing a Samurai warrior outfit, the pitch before the game against the Houston Astros was a tie-in to the ongoing exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“Samurai: Beyond the Sword” provides a look at Japan’s elite samurai, who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits.
Among the artworks displayed at the DIA are helmets, masks and paintings of Buddhist and Chinese figures, as well as scenes of battles, Noh theatre costumes and illustrated classical literature on screen and scroll paintings.
“Samurai: Beyond the Sword” runs through June 1.
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