Spring has sprung and that means that baseball is in full effect. As a die-hard baseball fan, I was extremely excited when I found out that N9NE Steakhouse’s Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake was going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during Big League Weekend in Las Vegas.

On Sunday, March 13, Chef Barry was ready to face the 11,000 plus crowd of Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs fans at Cashman Field. Dressed in his chef’s coat, Chef Barry was escorted down to the field where he mixed and mingled with some of the greats. Chef Barry rubbed elbows with Alfonso Soriano, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, Kosuke Fukudome, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and Don Mattingly, the new skipper for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

All eyes were on Chef Barry who quickly took the mound with two show girls and threw a perfect pitch right down the middle of home plate in front of the roaring crowd.  A star in his own right, Chef Barry had fans of N9NE Steakhouse shouting his name as he stood on the field in awe of the MLB legends.

Once everyone from the pre-game festivities cleared the field, the starting players took their positions and it was time to play ball. It was a great day for a game and it was one that was filled with excitement, bringing fans to their feet as the game remained close if not tied throughout the day. The game went into extra innings leaving both teams to rally, but the Cubs fought back in the 10th to bring the winning run home to beat the Dodgers 4-3. 

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Photos courtesy: Tom Donoghue / Tom Donoghue Photography http://www.donoghuephotography.com/