The US baseball season resumed under COVID-19 restrictions with some changes. One of them is the new virtual first place – a filmed segment in which a guest or celebrity takes the traditional first place without actually participating in the game. The Seattle Mariners let Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, pitch the first game – and he brought some guests with him.
In the video below, Nadella, who introduces former Mariners player Dave Valle, calls Halos Master Chief and several other Spartans to give him the ball.
Master Chief doesn’t do a throw himself, which seems like a missed opportunity and the music is all wrong, but at least it’s good to see the costumes get used to.
The Seattle Mariners have a long history with video game companies. Between 1992 and 2016, Nintendo of America was the team’s majority shareholder, which means Nintendo effectively owned it. The company would eventually sell most of its shares, but has retained 10% of the shares.
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