Nogizaka46's Shiraishi Mai throws ceremonial pitch at the Rakuten-Nippon Ham season opening game
Shiraishi Mai (20), the center of AKB48's rival group Nogizaka46 and a cast member of Fuji TV's horse racing program "Uma Zuki!" (airs Saturdays at 1:50 AM), appeared at the season opening ceremony at Tokyo Dome for the Rakuten Eagles-Nippon Ham Fighters game on July 9.
Shiraishi stood at the mound wearing a number 46 Rakuten uniform. She pitched the ball, which hit the ground and bounced a few times. Shiraishi shouted, "Ah," as she jumped up and down and then squatted.
After the ceremony, Shiraishi's eyes were red. "I was more nervous than I thought I would be standing on the mound. Yesterday's practice went well, but [it was not the case today]," and said with chagrin, "If I get the chance, I would like to have a do-over."
She also stated, "I don't know whether it will be sometime in the far future or near, but I would like to stand on the stage here (and perform live.)" Lastly, before the game began, Nogizaka46 members performed their newest song "Girls Rule." Rakuten fans cheered them on loudly.
Source and Image: Sanspo
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