WATCH: Rock star Gene Simmons throws strike on first pitch


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KISS bassist Gene Simmons sported a Chicago Cubs hat as he painted the corner of the plate with his opening pitch.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons sported a Chicago Cubs hat as he painted the corner of the plate with his opening pitch.

CHICAGO — Bassist Gene Simmons of the band KISS might have made a decent pitcher back in his day, if he had just dedicated his life to baseball and not rock and roll.

Standing at 6'2'' and boasting long arms and a flexible frame, Simmons could have potentially become famous for striking out batters in the majors, as opposed to painting his face and sticking out his tongue.

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field prior to the start of Friday's Crosstown Classic between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, Simmons did admirably well for a 68-year-old.

Chucking a high, arcing eephus pitch of sorts, Simmons caught the corner of the plate for what would have certainly been called a strike had an umpire been squatted down behind the dish.

Simmons also picked up some style points with his post-pitch saunter, showcasing to all the kids in attendance what real "swag" looks like.

Why the bass player for a band that has a hit song entitled "Detroit Rock City" threw out the first pitch of Chicago's signature baseball rivalry is certainly a mystery, but at least Simmons donned a Cubs hat with pride and tossed one over the plate.


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