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Chris Pratt throws out first pitch, sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ at Wrigley (vids)


Actor Chris Pratt, one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, made an appearance at Wrigley Park on Wednesday night, not only throwing out the ceremonial first pitch (not so great, below) but also performing the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.

As you can see, Pratt appeared a bit amped-up for the pitch as he overthrew the ball, tossing it wide and deep behind the left-hand-hitting-side of the batter’s box. It wasn’t the greatest first pitch, but it wasn’t the worst, either. At least Pratt threw from the mound and made it to the plate … well, past it … and beyond it.

Still, a decent effort. Although the fact that Pratt portrayed a ballplayer in “Moneyball,” perhaps we should have expected a bit more. Oh well.

But hey, at least he was a good sport about it (via With Leather):

Pratt, born in the Midwest — Minnesota — but raised in Seattle — told the Cubs broadcasting crew during an appearance in the booth that he was in town to film some scenes for the upcoming season of “Parks and Recreation.” He also mentioned that this will be the seventh and final season of the under-appreciated yet brilliant NBC comedy. Sad.

Given that Andy Dwyer, the character he portrays on “Parks and Rec” fancies himself as a musician as MouseRat front-man as well as a performer as kids’ birthday parties, it was expected that Pratt would do an alright job with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Which he did.

Pratt is developing into an A-Lister courtesy of his starring roles in back-t0-back blockbusters “The LEGO Movie” last year and this summer’s certifiable smash hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” among others. He certainly has made the big time, all beginning with his star-making role as the oafish but lovable lug Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Rec.” But no matter how far he goes and high he rises in Hollywood, Pratt will always be Andy to me.