08/25/13 - FederalNewsRadio.com - Cuban dancer puts his own spin on pitch
JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cervilio Amador turned his back to home plate, just like
Johnny Cueto. Then he did two spins in the air before landing gracefully
and throwing a ceremonial pitch to Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Ballet and baseball, a double tour.
The Cuban dancer and the Cuban pitcher teamed up for a special moment on
Sunday before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They left Cuba several
years apart and have furthered their careers in Cincinnati, where they
Amador always wanted to throw a pitch, and Chapman helped him with it.
Amador also had a long chat by the dugout with manager Dusty Baker, who
visited his dance school in Cuba several years ago.
Amador says he was as nervous on the mound as when on stage.
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