Diamondbacks tab this NFL and Cardinals legend for first pitch at NLCS Game 4 – Marca English

The Arizona Diamondbacks have lined up some elite athletic talent to throw at the ceremonial first pitch at Games 3 and 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Going on Thursday will be six-time gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who medaled four times in competitive swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. But sports fans in the Phoenix area will be more familiar with who is slated to toss the first pitch on Friday, ahead of Game 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald will take the ball and throw the first pitch at Chase Field on Friday night, in what should be an exciting moment for local fans — as well as members of a national audience that watched Fitzgerald run routes for nearly two decades in the NFL.

Larry Legend to become Lucky Larry?

After losing Game 2 by a 10-0 score, the Diamondbacks will hope Fitzgerald serves as their lucky charm in the NLCS as the series shifts to Phoenix for the first time since 2007.

Fitzgerald spent his entire career with the Cardinals franchise between 2004 and 2020. Over those 17 seasons, he became an Arizona sports icon and one of the best wide receivers of his generation. He twice led the NFL in catches and in touchdown receptions while playing a pivotal role in guiding the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII after the 2008 season. Fitzgerald caught seven touchdowns from Kurt Warner that postseason, which is still the league record for touchdown grabs in a single playoff year.

It was a bad night for the Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the NLCS — and an even worse night for this fan!

Phillies fan gets epicly tackled by security guard after attempting to storm pitch

Snakes in a hole

The odds are long for the Diamondbacks as they attempt to rally in the NLCS. In MLB history, only 14 teams — out of 89 possible — have won a best-of-seven postseason series after dropping the first two games.

Arizona fell behind early in Game 1 before threatening late on, ultimately losing a close one to begin the series. The wheels fell off in Game 2 as the Philadelphia offense cracked open the game in the sixth inning — and now the Phillies are only two wins away from returning to the World Series.

The Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon will turn to rookie right-hander Brandon Pfaadt, the rookie pitcher who shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ vaunted lineup in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Phillies will counter with left-hander Ranger Suarez, who has a 1.16 ERA in 23 1/3 career postseason innings.

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Rohit Palit

Periodista deportivo y graduado en Ciencias de la Comunicación de Madrid. Cinco años de experiencia cubriendo fútbol tanto a nivel internacional como local. Más de tres años escribiendo sobre la NFL. Escritor en desde 2023.

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