Paula the Penguin delivers game ball

In addition to the ceremonial first pitch, the Cincinnati Reds’ pre-game routine includes the delivery of the game ball to the pitcher’s mound.  Typically, the person delivering the game ball has been a celebrity or other dignitary.  Yesterday, however, the game ball was delivered by none other than Paula the Penguin of the Newport Aquarium.

MLB.com

MLB.com

Originally from Africa, the warm Cincinnati day (temperatures hit the lower 80s) did not faze the small bird as she embarked on her mission.  It seems that Paula’s cute, waddling steps were a hit with the crowd.  Her appearance was part of a Sunday fun day for the Reds Heads Kids Club, and, as I understand it, marks the first-ever game ball delivery by a non-human.


5 Comments on “Paula the Penguin delivers game ball”

  1. If Paula can learn to pitch, the Orioles might have a spot for her in their bullpen.

    Congratulations to your Royals, what a nice hot start. I think the Orioles’ messy and ugly beginning is just a ploy to lull you into a false sense of security! 🙂

    • I just hope the Royals can keep it rolling! I’m sure that’s exactly what the Orioles are doing 😉 Or, at least, that’s what my friend, a White Sox fan, tells me about her team!

  2. steve says:

    But where’s the ball? Did the penguin eat it?


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