At the Cleveland Guardians Home Opener, Tom Hanks and Wilson meet again for their first game

At the Cleveland Guardians Home Opener, Tom Hanks and Wilson meet again for their first game ...

As he celebrated the Cleveland Guardians' new era, the pitcher's mound received a little help.

Hanks was a special guest to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the team's home opener on Friday at Progressive Field against the San Francisco Giants. While he was working an internship at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival during his pre-Hollywood salad days, the two-time Oscar winner for best actor was a fan of Cleveland's professional baseball team.

When he saw his first game at Cleveland's Lakefront Municipal Stadium, the actor was announced as a "Cleveland baseball fan" this year, the team's first season since removing its, which had been used since 1915, but Hanks also changed the name last summer.

Hanks added a nostalgic feature to Friday's game: Wilson, the volleyball he bonded with in the 2000 Cast Away. Joining Tom, please also welcome his former co-star from the film Cast Away: That's Wilson, the volleyball, said the team's announcer.

Hanks secured Wilson over his head, revealing the team's logo on the other side of the ball, and Wilson's signature handprint-face tattoo on the other. Fans then watched as Wilson scurry around the infield as if of its own volition.

In 1992's A League of Their Own, Hanks presented the game's first pitch to Larry Doby Jr., son of Larry Doby, a former member of the Cleveland Indians, and the first Black player in the American League. The Giants beat the Guardians 4-1.

Tom Hanks brought Wilson from Castaway with him to assist throw tonight's first pitch in Cleveland

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