Behind The Stories

Carl Kasell Brings The Heat To Reds' Ballpark

After throwing a heater in St. Louis, NPR's Carl Kasell was invited to toss another ceremonial first pitch. This time at a Cincinnati Reds game. Fortunately, on both occasions he lived up to his son's request not to bounce it. Check out the pictures below to see how Carl's doing in the majors. Thanks to NPR Member station 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati for sharing and see more pics at their Facebook page.

— Carl meditates on Mr. Redlegs' impeccable 'stache in preparation for the big moment:

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Carl Kasell flanked by Cincinnati Reds mascots (l to r) Mr. Redlegs & Gapper

Carl Kasell flanked by Cincinnati Reds mascots (l to r) Mr. Redlegs & Gapper

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— Eye of the tiger:

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Carl on the mound

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— The pitch! Too bad this is just a still image because you can't hear the sonic boom:

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Carl's pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game

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— The hero always gets the girl in the end:

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Mascot Rosie Red joins the celebration

Mascot Rosie Red joins the celebration

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