joe jacobi

An Olympic Gold Medalist in canoeing and kayaking, Joe Jacobi relates his tale about the time that he participated in the great Chicago to New York kayak race. Along the way he was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Rochester Red Wings game.

Every baseball fan has to wonder how they would do if they were to have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. However, it’s probably fair to say that no one would consider attempting the feat after paddling 45 miles along the Erie Canal earlier in the day!

Joe graces us with his memories and also participates in an historic moment for Baseballisms.com.

You will be able to follow Joe on Twitter, and watch his color commentary for NBC this summer during the Beijing Olympics.

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When Olympic white water kayaker Joe Jacobi walked his gold medal around the track of Turner Field at the closing ceremonies in 1996, little did he realize he would return to the scene in 2008 to discuss his dad’s passion for baseball coming back to Washington DC.

Joe describes himself as part of the lost generation of baseball fans in Washington DC, who came along too late for the Senators, so ended up following the Baltimore Orioles simply from a geographic standpoint. However, it was a proud day to be at the ballpark with his Dad to see the return of the “red hats with the white W” take the field.

You will be able to catch more from Joe this summer on NBC as he provides his insights into the world of white water kayaking and canoeing during coverage of the Olympics from Beijing.

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