Pleasanton resident Norman Pacheco experienced a thrill earlier this month that only a few baseball fans have the chance to enjoy.
A longtime Oakland Athletics fan, Pacheco threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the A s matchup against the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 8.
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Pacheco, who has lived in Pleasanton with his wife Joyce since 1971, got the opportunity after his daughter Sheryl tweeted A s president Dave Kaval and asked if her father could throw a first pitch. She said she told Kaval about her father s love of the green and gold and his deep connection to Oakland.
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The A s president soon tweeted back to Sheryl and got the ball rolling on Pacheco s first pitch.
Pacheco said the whole experience was exciting and something he d never forget.
He threw to former A s player and current team bench coach Mark Kotsay, got to speak with A s legend Rickey Kendall Graveman Jersey Henderson as he walked off the field and exchanged high fives with team members and fans.
He may have even brought the A s some luck, as they beat the Angels that night 3 2 on a walkoff home run in the 11th inning.