A lifelong fan, Macklemore throws first pitch

A lifelong fan, Macklemore throws first pitch

SEATTLE -- Popular Seattle musician Macklemore stirred the emotions of Mariners fans a year ago by performing his passionate song, "My Oh My," before the team's 2011 home opener. The single celebrates the life and impact of Dave Niehaus, the longtime Mariners announcer, who had passed away during the previous offseason.

On Friday, Macklemore was back at Safeco Field with his DJ, Ryan Lewis, on a happier note. The duo celebrated the upcoming release of their debut album with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Fan Night, and Macklemore threw out the first pitch.

"I'm tripping out, the fact that I'm even in the dugout," he said. "We have a hat and I'm throwing out the first pitch. It's just exciting. I love this stadium, I love this team."

Macklemore grew up in Seattle and has been a lifetime fan of the team. Donning a Mariners jersey with his name on the back, it was evident how exciting Friday was for him.

"It was just a huge part of my childhood," Macklemore said. "Baseball was my favorite sport, [Ken] Griffey was my favorite athlete and it was a huge part of my upbringing. Baseball camp all summer long and Mariners games -- it was in the Kingdome back then -- but Mariners games were my favorite thing to do."