James Franklin To Throw First Pitch At Yankee Stadium On April 28
James Franklin will return to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, April 28 to throw out the first pitch in the Yankees’ tilt against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7 p.m.
Of course, Franklin feels right at home in the House That Ruth Built. He coached Penn State to one of its most thrilling wins in recent memory during the Pinstripe Bowl, taking down Boston College 31-30. After it, he used the venue to broadcast a message Penn Staters loved: “You want to talk about culture? Look around! This is culture.”
Franklin is the second Penn Stater to throw out a first pitch this season. Former wide receiver and current Jacksonville Jaguar Allen Robinson tossed the ceremonial opening pitch on Thursday, April 9 when the Detroit Tigers hosted the Minnesota Twins. Robinson, Penn State’s all-time record holder for most catches in a single season (77 in 2012), was born in Detroit and attended Orchard Lake Village St. Mary’s Prep in Michigan.
— Jordan Field (@Field_Jordan) April 3, 2015
Penn State fans are being offered a discount to support Franklin. Go here and enter the promo code PSU15 to get seats starting at $27.50 in the usually-overpriced Yankee Stadium. The game is a little far off to predict who will start it, but it looks like Masahiro Tanaka will square off against Jake Odorizzi, if you care about that sort of thing.
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It’s unlikely that the Illinois defense can handle the firepower of Trace McSorley, Miles Sanders, and a receivers group that seems to be improving each week.
Penn State’s gameday experience tops those at Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State? Sounds about right.
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