Overwatch League eSports Player Will Throw out Opening Pitch at Mets Game

Overwatch League's greatest Tracer player will make eSports/major league baseball history.

One of the Overwatch League‘s best players is set to throw out the opening pitch at a New York Mets game. The New York Excelsior have announced that the team will be visiting Citi Field on April 2 to participate in a meet and greet with fans. The full team will be there – including star player Fl0w3r, who is still waiting to turn 18 and be eligible for league play – and there will be NYXL flag posters on hand for those who drop by the team’s signing section. Included in the full announcement is a reference to a “very special surprise” that fans will want to stick around for. 

While the team’s website doesn’t state what the surprise is, IGN has spotted a couple of international websites that seem to have spilled the beans. They suggest that NYXL player Jong-yeol ‘Saebyeolbe’ Park will be throwing out the opening pitch. This is the first time that an eSports player will have received that particular honor. 

If you’re suddenly picturing a lot of confused Mets fans trying to discern who these guys are and understand their automated urge to clap, there is a bit of logic to this announcement which might help you make sense of the crossover. See, the Mets and the NYXL are both owned by the Wilpon family. It makes sense, then, that the Wilpons would want to bring their two sports families together and maybe work in a bit of cross-promotion between the sports and the eSports crowds. 

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It remains to be seen whether or not that will work, but this is quite the honor for Saebyeolbe, who has been having a hell of a run in Overwatch League thus far. Most recently, he helped lead the NYXL to a stage two playoff win, which netted the team a cool $100,000 bonus. Before then, he was instrumental to the NYXL earning the best overall record in Overwatch League. With the regular season about halfway done, there’s little doubt that the NYXL will be the team to beat for the remainder of Overwatch League‘s inaugural season. 

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Oh, and if you’ve never seen Saebyeolbe in action, just know that he is the undisputed best Tracer player in Overwatch League and most likely the world. If you think that sounds like hyperbole, we’ll just leave this highlight video here: