Watch The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney throw the first pitch at Cleveland Indians’ opener

The band’s drummer did the honours at the Indians’ opening day

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cleveland Indians’ opening game on Monday (April 4).

Carney, the Ohio band’s drummer, was invited to open the 2016 season by the Indians, his local baseball team.

“I was nervous,” Carney told the Akron Beacon Journal. “I have been practicing, though. I dislocated and broke my shoulder last year and we had to cancel some tours. The first time after that that I threw a baseball was last summer on tour. Dan [Auerbach, Black Keys’ guitarist and vocalist] and I threw for about an hour. We take our gloves on the road.”


“I am just happy that I kept the ball in the air,” he added. “It wasn’t over the plate, but it was in the air. It didn’t bounce. Yesterday before the game got canceled, Sandy Alomar told me just not to get the ball into the dirt.”

While Carney avoided any embarrassment over his throw, the Indians unfortunately went on to lose 6-2 to the Boston Red Sox.

The Black Keys are currently on a break from touring. Auberbach is currently working on a soundtrack for an indie comic book named ‘Murder Ballads’, which will be released in autumn 2016 via Z2 Comics.