While here in America we're more concerned with first pitch fails than actually cool commemorative throws, in Japan they had a pretty spectacular idea:
Get actress-slash-martial artist (and not the other way around) Rina Takeda to break 10 cement blocks with her head, then toss out the ceremonial ball before a game between Chiba Lotte Marines and Saitama Seibu Lions.
Check it out:
The throw was underwhelming, but so what? This is easily the best work Takeda's done since starring in "Dead Sushi*."
*Does this mean the sushi we've all been eating might be alive?!?!?!