Selig gets standing ovation after throwing out first pitch for Brewers

Updated: October 5, 2008, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got a standing ovation for a strike.

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Selig threw out the first pitch Sunday before Game 4 of the NL division series between his old team, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Selig brought the Brewers to Milwaukee in 1970, and his family owned the franchise for 34 years before selling to Mark Attanasio four years ago.

Already on its feet for the national anthem, the sellout crowd at Miller Park gave Selig a raucous ovation -- complete with clattering Thunder Stix -- as he walked onto the field. Selig stopped a few feet in front of the mound, and overhanded a respectable throw over the plate to backup catcher Mike Rivera. Selig thrust his arms into the air and grinned as fans applauded and whistled in appreciation. He high-fived Attanasio before disappearing into the Brewers' dugout.

This is the Brewers' first postseason appearance since 1982, when the team went to its only World Series. Philadelphia had a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series going into Sunday's game.


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