Must-see San Francisco Giants video: Man born without arms fires strike in ceremonial first pitch

By Matthew Connolly

Mired in a record-setting home losing streak, the San Francisco Giants haven’t had much to celebrate of late.

There was one bright spot before Monday’s series opener against the Mariners, however, as Tom Willis continued his first pitch stadium tour with a stop at AT&T Park:

No, you’re not seeing things. Willis may have been born with a disability, but he didn’t let that stop him from leading a good life—a certainly didn’t stop him from learning how to pitch. Was that a perfect strike, or what?

For the sake of comparison, here are some not-so-successful first pitches by abled-bodied celebs:


Now, back to Tom Willis. The man is on a national tour to help bring awareness to the “abilities of persons with disabilities.” According to Us Weekly, Willis’ first pitch for the Royals last year marked stadium No. 22, so he’s well on his way to accomplishing his goal.

While visiting the defending champs had to be one of his more memorable stops, let’s give credit where it’s due to the divisional rival Padres, as they were the first team to host Willis back in 2008. Stay classy, San Diego.

And thank you, San Francisco, for welcoming Willis last night. Let’s get back to our winning ways now, shall we?