Fans of “Cast Away,” the 2000 survival film starring Tom Hanks, must have been delighted to see the actor throw his first throw at the Cleveland Guards Opening Day on Friday.
The film stars Hanks as a FedEx systems analyst who lives on a deserted island after his plane crashes. As he struggled to survive alone on the island, he began using a Wilson Sporting Goods volleyball as his confidant, drawing a smiley face into his own bloody handprint on the ball.
Twenty years after the film’s release, the Oscar-winning actor brought a bloody volleyball onto the field, as pictured in a video posted by the Cleveland Guardians.
“Joining Tom, salute his former co-star from the movie ‘Cast Away,'” an announcer in the video said. It’s Wilson, volleyball! “
After taking a short detour to catch Wilson after he rolled away, Hanks delivered the throw-in to Larry Doby Jr., whose father was the first black player in the US Championship, not long after Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in professional leagues, according to a news release from Major League Baseball.
The actor has long been a fan of the Cleveland baseball team, according to MLB.
Unfortunately, Hanks’ ceremonial throw wasn’t enough to win the game: The Guardians lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-1.