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PHOTOS: More from the World Series Game 1 pregame ceremonies

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis take a picture after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

Browse through the photos above for more from the pregame ceremonies at Game 1 of the World Series ...

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PHOTOS: More from the World Series Game 1 pregame ceremonies

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis take a picture after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in ... morePhoto: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer

Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer

PHOTOS: More from the World Series Game 1 pregame ceremonies

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis take a picture after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

Browse through the photos above for more from the pregame ceremonies at Game 1 of the World Series ...

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PHOTOS: More from the World Series Game 1 pregame ceremonies

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis take a picture after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in ... morePhoto: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer

Evan Gattis, Brian McCann make emotional return for World Series

The ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game – even a World Series game – usually doesn’t carry with it a ton of emotion.

Game 1’s first pitch felt different Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis, teammates on the Astros 2017 World Series championship team, strode onto the field wearing orange Astros jerseys over their collared shirts and blue jeans and soaked in an ovation usually reserved for a pitch that actually counts.

McCann patted his heart and pointed to the crowd as he headed to the mound, while Gattis bashfully kept his chin tucked into his jersey as he prepared to squat behind home plate. After McCann delivered a lollipop of a strike right into Gattis’ glove, Gattis showed some emotion with a fist pump and then a hug for his buddy before they posed for photos.

“It’s hard to talk about …,” Gattis said before walking onto the field, also adding that he had just arrived to the ballpark via an Uber six minutes ago. “I walked through the tunnel and seeing people I haven't seen in a long time ... just people that I've known for the last four years, five years. It's a lot, it's overwhelming. ”

The 35-year-old McCann just wrapped up a 15-year big league career, retiring after his Braves were eliminated in the National League Division Series. McCann has only been retired a couple weeks, but there already is talk of him getting into coaching.

The future is a bit murkier for Gattis, who played four seasons with the Astros, but wasn’t signed by anyone after his contract expired in 2018.

“Not sure; I don’t know,” said the 33-year-old Gattis about possibly playing again. “If I want to play, I’ll go play, whether it be Double A, Triple A, big leagues or whatever. And if I want to play, I’ll definitely show up and want to be the best I possibly can, but no, not right now.

The pair’s embrace on the Minute Maid Park grass minutes before the beginning of the World Series made the ties forged by winning a championship together obvious, but it was something both players were effusive about before the pitch.

“When you win a championship somewhere, it’s special,” McCann said. “It lives on forever.”

Gattis got choked up just even thinking back to the Astros’ on-field celebration at Dodger Stadium after winning the franchise’s first World Series.

“After (2017), I always knew I’d be OK,” Gattis said, his voice cracking. “Winning a World Series. I just can’t believe it happened. I still can’t.”


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