Reynolds nervous about Mariners first pitch

Reynolds nervous about Mariners first pitch

SEATTLE -- Known for his slick fielding and abundance of energy, former Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds was back in Seattle on Saturday, and those same attributes can still describe the two-time All-Star.

In town to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game against the Giants, Reynolds was on the field prior to Friday's contest, taking throws at second from the Mariners' catchers during pregame drills. But his mind was still on that first pitch.

"The first pitch is more nerve-wracking than playing the game," Reynolds said with a smile. "I've only done it a couple times. We'll see -- I got to make sure I throw a strike."

A Corvallis, Ore., native, Reynolds was drafted by the Mariners in 1980 and debuted with the club in 1983. He spent 10 of his 12 Major League seasons with Seattle, earning two trips to the All-Star Game and three Gold Gloves. He now works as a studio analyst with MLB Network.

Many of his best memories playing in Seattle revolved around the opportunity to be close to home, just a short drive for his family and friends, he said. But Reynolds also said he will never forget the great moments his teammates had.

"It's more about watching [Ken Griffey Jr.] on balls hit in the gap, watching them run after it, or Alvin Davis hitting that game-winning homer, or something like that," Reynolds said. "I played with a lot of great players, so that was fun."