Survivor: Coach Wade set to throw Reno Aces’ first pitch tonight

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In addition to throwing out the first pitch at AAA baseball organization Reno Aces’ game tonight, Survivor’s Coach Wade will perform the national anthem.

One of the unintended benefits of being a popular Survivor castaway (if you’re into baseball) is that you may be asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball stadium. Jonny Fairplay has done it, Parvati Shallow has done it, even Jeff Kent threw the first pitch at a Houston Astros game! (helps that he played for the team before)

Coach Wade (don’t call him Benjamin) from Survivor: Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains, and South Pacific has stepped back from playing the game after a moderately successful run during the transitional era of the franchise. It’s been 15 seasons since he’s been on the show, yet the Reno Aces (the AAA farm team for the Arizona Diamondbacks) has tapped on him to provide some pre-game entertainment.

Coach Wade will provide the first pitch that the Reno Aces game tonight, July 31, he revealed on his Twitter earlier today. Not only that, but he has provided a musical arrangement required to perform the national anthem, harkening back to his origins a decade and a half ago as a maestro in the small town of Susanville, CA.

Although the team’s social media accounts should provide at least a link or two to the first pitch, if not more, another way to watch the action (if it’s on the broadcast) is to get a MiLB stream pass. Depending on how much the Reno Aces broadcast before the show, it may not make it to air other than snippets throughout the broadcast.

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Either way, it’s been a long time since Coach Wade has graced our televisions on Survivor that I would love to see him come back for a Legends season. Would he tone down on his religious overtones that were seen as contradictory in South Pacific? Would he lean on others to find his strength a la Heroes vs. Villains? Or would age bring an added layer of philosophy a la Tocantins?