The Orioles announced on Wednesday that Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver will throw out the ceremonial first first at Baltimore’s Opening Day on April 4 to Buck Showalter.

Weaver and Showalter “bonded” in Spring Training this year according to Dan Connolly of Orioles Insider.

The Earl of Baltimore and Showalter bonded some this spring when Weaver spoke to the coaching staff in Sarasota. And we all know how much Buck looks like Earl in the dugout.

Ceremonial pitches are pretty insignificant, but this is a pretty cool choice, at least in this Baltimoron’s opinion.

Great choice. Another reason to be excited for Opening Day.