So far this season, we’ve seen a wide range of people who have taken the mound at Fenway Park. This has sparked the question, who would you like to see throw out the first pitch prior to a Red Sox home game?

The most special first pitch occasion of the season was actually the first pitch on Opening Day. This was done by the late, great pitching legend Tim Wakefield’s daughter, Brianna. Although we are only about three months deep into the season, actor Patrick Dempsey, the world-champion Boston Celtics, and Noah Kahan (who plays Fenway in July) have also thrown out the celebratory first pitch.

Casting a wide net of entertaining options, it’s fair to say you don’t necessarily need to be a Massachusetts native or Boston athlete to be considered. Podcast show host Alex Cooper is on tap to throw the baseball 90 feet as part of her Big Al’s Takeover of Fenway. Cooper is from Pennsylvania and films in Los Angeles.

So, Who Would You Pick To Throw Out The First Pitch At Fenway?

Think of it this way: We’re talking about an entertainer, personality, or hero who would motivate you to make sure you are in your seat well before the game is supposed to start. This person would be a fun addition to the night of baseball ahead and perhaps enhance your experience of being there live.

In our list, we consider multiple angles. Each selection is for a particular reason such as the person is big baseball fan, has plans to be in the city, or has made their mark in the world of New England sports. Most importantly, they would be well-received by both the crowd and the teams in the dugout.

From those who rock a microphone to those who make us belly laugh, here are four people we’d love to see throw out the first pitch at an upcoming game.

  • Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam Lead Singer

    Yes, Vedder is a well-known Chicago Cubs diehard fan. However, he’s also a baseball enthusiast. Pearl Jam have had many iconic concerts in Boston. They also have two more on tap in the early fall when they will take the Fenway Park stage for the 5th and 6th time. The second show on September 17th is the last one of their American tour. So, if they stick around for a few days afterwards, it lines up nicely for Vedder to take the mound when the Red Sox return to take on the Twins.

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  • John Krasinski - Actor, Filmmaker

    With Krasinski we have a Boston-native who we all know loves his local sports teams. He also is responsible for curating health care workers throwing out the first pitch in 2020. Having The Office star back in his home park would certainly be met with cheers, and probably laughs as well. It’s also hard to envision that Krasinski would not throw a perfect strike somehow as well.

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  • Aliyah Boston - WNBA Star For The Indiana Fever

    It’s not just because of this basketball stars last name. Aliyah Boston attended Worcester Academy where she won the Gatorade player of the year three times in a row before heading the University of South Carolina. Aside from a special game at the TD Garden in August, we don’t get a lot of WNBA games in the city proper just yet. Perhaps the next time Boston, Caitlin Clark, and the Fever make the trip out to Connecticut to take on the Sun they can add a stop at Fenway Park to their trip.

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick - NFL Analyst, Former NFL and Harvard Quarterback

    You don’t necessarily associate Fitzpatrick with New England. However, he is arguably the most notably college quarterback in recent Harvard history. By the same token you could suggest former Boston College QB, Matt Ryan here. However, in this market he may be more well-known for being the QB on the 28-3 Atlanta Falcons team, so Ryan may not subject himself to a Boston stadium just yet. Fitzpatrick however is now a well-liked NFL personality. He still maintains that signature beard and vibrant outfit style. In 2004, we saw our first glimpse of Fitz-magic when #14 led the team to a 10-0 record and Ivy League Championship. The 20th anniversary seems like an opportune time for the Crimson alumni to make another throw in Boston.

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