Al Roker’s Major League Moment

By Alissa Krinsky 

Al Roker threw out the first ball at Game Three of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland last night. Roker, who worked at WKYC-TV for five years earlier in his career, tells‘s Dan Fleschner, “I got a call, asking, ‘Do you want to throw out the first pitch?’ My sister lives in Cleveland with her husband and three kids, and I thought, if nothing else, it’s a way for them to get free tickets to the game. I thought about it and thought, ‘Wow, this is great!'”

So how did Roker do? “I just was so thrilled that I was able to get it over the plate without bouncing it. It was a little high, but I got it out.”

And was he nervous, standing before the crowd at Jacobs Field? “No,” Roker explains. “I’ve walked into Meredith (Viera)’s dressing room by accident a couple times. If I can do that and survive, throwing a pitch in front of 45,000 screaming fans is nothing.”