7:00 pm - 03/26/2012
Kamenashi Kazuya Throws First Pitch in Major League Baseball's Opening
KAT-TUN's Kamenashi Kazuya made his name known in Major League Baseball as he throws the ceremonial first pitch during Yomiuri Giants (Japan) vs Oakland Athletics (USA) Exhibition Game yesterday, Mar 25th.
As a Japanese tradition, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown to opposing teams lead-off hitter. In the exhibition game, Kamenashi, wearing Giants' uniform, threw the first pitch to Oakland Athletic's hitter-Jemile Weeks.
"I didn't know who he was at first, but he's some big-time celebrity out here. For me to have that opportunity, it was an honor for me," Weeks said after he purposely missed Kamenashi's pitches.
Various American media who covered the event described Kamenashi as "A Japanese teen idol, strikingly well-coiffed actor, and to being Justin Timberlake of Asia".
Afterwards, Kamenashi returned to his MC duties for NTV's Going! and even had to chance to chat with Oakland A's Yoenis Cespedes, a professional baseball outfielder who is described as the "Best all-around player out of Cuba".
loling at the Justin Timberlake comparison.
if Kame's not an idol, he's going to pursue baseball. He's soo much enjoying this job, lol.