Former Kansas Center Cole Aldrich Throws Out First Pitch At Twins-Tigers Game

July 1, 2010

MINNIAPOLIS–Kansas basketball alum and Bloomington, Minn. native Cole Aldrich showed off his baseball skills on Wednesday June 30, by throwing out the honorable first pitch at Target Field for the Minnesota Twins vs. the Detroit Tigers game.

According to spectators the ball flew right over home plate, and The Twins went on to claim a victory over the Tigers 5-1.

“It was a really fun time,” Aldrich said. “They just built Target Field, so just to see that was great. Also I threw the pitch off for the Royals and the Twins at the K (Kauffman Stadium) and now I had the opportunity to throw the first pitch off at home. It was a really special day.”

This isn’t the first time Aldrich has used his long arms to throw out the first pitch; on April 25 Aldrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Kaufman Stadium when the Kansas City Royals hosted the Minnesota Twins.

Aldrich, who was recently the first Jayhawk to be selected in the NBA Draft, went to the New Orleans Hornets as the No. 11 overall pick. Aldrich was also part of a proposed trade between the Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Aldrich concluded his Kansas career second on the KU blocked shots list with 253 (Greg Ostertag 258 from 1992-95), ninth on the KU rebounds list with 860, tied for fifth with Nick Collison (2000-03) on the KU double-doubles list with 37 and 46th on the KU scoring list with 1,038 points.