Conner to throw out first pitch Sunday

James Conner will throw out the first pitch prior to the Pirates Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday.

The first pitch of the MLB season won't be thrown by any baseball player. 

Rather, Pitt running back James Conner will perform the honorary duty Sunday afternoon before the Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals. 

"I'm honored and thrilled to throw out the first pitch for the Pirates' season opener and I want to thank everyone in the organization for this incredible invitation," Conner said in a release. "It has been a long time since I played baseball but I'll make sure my arm is ready to throw a strike on Sunday. The Bucs’ road to the World Series begins this weekend and I can't wait to be at PNC Park."

The matchup on the North Side Sunday is the first game of the MLB season, making Sunday a literal "Opening Day" for Pittsburgh and the 2016 baseball season.

Conner completed his ninth chemotherapy treatment Monday as he battles Hodgkin's lymphoma. Despite his treatment, the 2014 ACC Player of the Year has been at nearly every spring practice the last few weeks and an inspiration to his teammates. 


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