Robin Williams would certainly be proud.
In a tribute to the late actor and San Francisco Giants fan, Williams’ children threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday. The Academy Award winner’s face was plastered all over big screens at AT&T Park as his three children took centre field. Zak Williams, the oldest son, would do the honours, pitching to the legendary comedian’s longtime friend Billy Crystal.
But before anything went down, Robin Williams got his chance to pump up the crowd one last time, from beyond the grave. Footage from his appearance at a Giant’s game in 2010 was played, showing the excited performer screaming at the top of his lungs with glee:
So when Zak walked in the shoes of his father four years later, taking the mound alongside his two siblings, our heartstrings were pretty much yanked to their limit. Fortunately, the pitch quickly found Crystal’s glove, and the two met in mid-field for a warm embrace (skip ahead to the two-minute mark for the big moment):
But that wasn’t the end of the touching tribute; Crystal also took some time to personally give the crowd a little encouragement, just like his old friend:
“We are honored to be here in support of the tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants,” Williams’s children said in a statement through the Giants. “For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series game for our team to our dad’s best friend. We could not think of a better way to celebrate his memory. Let’s go Giants!”
After Williams died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide at 63, it was touching to see his children living out what could be the best on-screen advice the actor ever gave. Because even though we won’t ever see this great performer again, his lines will live on forever.
Carpe Diem: Seize the day.