Fans of “Cast Away,” the 2000 survival drama starring Tom Hanks, must have been happy to see the actor throw the first pitch on the Cleveland Guardians’ opening day on Friday.
The film features Hanks as a FedEx systems analyst who is stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes. As he struggles to survive on the island alone, he begins to use a Wilson Sporting Goods volleyball as a confidant, drawing a smiley face in his own bloody handprint on the ball.
“As you join Tom, please welcome his former ‘Cast Away’ co-star,” an announcer said in the video. “It’s Wilson, volleyball!”
The actor has been a long-time Cleveland baseball fan, according to MLB.
Unfortunately, Hanks’ ceremonial pitch wasn’t enough to win the game: the Guardians lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-1.