Student throwing out Royals’ first pitch just wanted to ‘make it across the plate’

Herb Green with Sluggerrr
Herb Green (in Royals and MCC-BT gear) with Sluggerrr (Photo by Chris Vleisides)

Not to spoil anything, but MCC student Herb Green did indeed get the ball across the plate as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch — to none other than Eric Hosmer — at MCC Night at the K.

Here’s our earlier story on Herb:

Herb Green — dad of three, granddad of three, Army veteran and HVAC student at MCC’s Business & Technology campus — played ball as a military brat in Germany.

But “I haven’t thrown a baseball in 34 years,” says Green, 52.

That’s all changing now that he’s been picked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland A’s game on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

As anyone around the College could tell you, that’s #MCCNightAtTheK. The event will also include MCC honorees in Kauffman Stadium’s Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat and the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City, based at MCC-Blue River, performing the national anthem. (And free Bo Jackson T-shirts, too.)

Officials at MCC’s five campuses nominated students for the first pitch. Green was selected by the executive committee of the MCC Foundation, which raises money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives.

Since Green got the good news, he has been practicing his pitching with a neighbor. “I’m going to be ready,” he declares.

“All my professors have told me, ‘Just make it across the plate, just make it across the plate!’ ”

He’ll finish up the one-year HVAC program in December. He’s working on an advanced certificate.

He chose to get trained in HVAC at MCC-Business & Technology after growing tired “of working dead-end jobs.”

HVAC is “one of those types of jobs, no matter where you go in the United States you can find a job, because people are going to need heating and cooling,” Green says.

He says he has lived all over the country — his offspring are on the East Coast — with one exception. Eventually he wants to head west, perhaps to Las Vegas or California.

He played a variety of sports as a military kid living in Germany between the ages of 11 and 18. How was he at baseball? Fair, he says.

He served four years in the Army himself in the 1980s.

Green has called Kansas City home for about four years. He came here as a “change of pace” after tiring of the harsh, brutal winters in New York and New Jersey.

As for KC’s boys in blue, Green says he “jumped on the bandwagon when they won the pennant” in 2014.

Now that he’s about to take the mound at the K, he just may become a Royals fan for life.