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"The Hard" fan – Willis first one-hop pitch in Philly



PHILADELPHIA – Bruce Willis was in the moonlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Willis, star of "The Sixth Sense" and "The Fifth Element," threw the first pitch in his No. 19 Phillies jersey before Philadelphia played Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Willis was not within striking distance of the plate – he threw a hit at Phillies ace Aaron Nola.

Willis also cut off in the battering practice against coach Dusty Wathan with a racket loaned by Phillies outfielder Nick Williams. Willis grew up in the southern city of Carney's Point, New Jersey, and has made films in Philadelphia, including "Glass."

"I just like to hit the ball," Willis said in his red pinstripes. "I just like the noise, I grew up with the Phillies."

Willis, 64, chatted with Phillies bat Rhys Hoskins and manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler played Scrooge in his sophomore year, refusing to believe that Willis's 1988 classic "The Hard" is a Christmas movie.

"I say, not a Christmas movie," Kapler said during a lively debate with beat writers in his office. "Is not most of the Christmas movies in any way Christmas time?"


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