- Last Updated: 12:44 AM, May 25, 2012
- Posted: 12:41 AM, May 25, 2012
CHICAGO -- He's certainly had to deal with some heat during his colorful career, but Snoop Dogg was bringing the heat this time.
The rapper donned a White Sox shirt, complete with his name and the number 12 on the back, to throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before Chicago's game against the Twins on Thursday.
After accepting the cheers of the crowd at US Cellular Field, the rapper showed good technique, sending a looping pitch somewhere near to the strike zone and into the waiting glove of White Sox pitcher Chris Sale.
"Oh man, that was special," Snoop Dogg said. "It was a strike. It was a change-up, screwball. It was one of my pitches that I normally don't really go into, but we are in the Windy City so I had to make sure it got over the plate the right way."
After embracing Sale for a picture, Snoop then decided to switch sports and embrace a bit of Tebow-mania. He got down into the famous pose inspired by new Jets quarterback Tim Tebow before smiling broadly at the crowd and making his exit.
Snoop, who was sporting a long, swinging neck chain with a small batting helmet at the base, later pointed out that he had gone to the same high school as Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and, even though he was more of a football and basketball fan, knew how to play baseball "if necessary."
The 40-year-old rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, was in Chicago on the way to Indiana for a concert later Thursday night.
"You are supposed to enjoy it when you are out here," Snoop said. "It's too bad the [Chicago] Bulls ain't in it. We expected a lot out of them this year, but we'll roll with the White Sox."