Jon Hamm throws first pitch in St. Louis, covets Jon Hamm bobbleheads

Missouri native Jon Hamm throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Monday night game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis.
(Scott Kane / Associated Press)

Before Jon Hamm threw out the first pitch at the Cardinals’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, he seemed to have a concern larger than whether his throw would make it to home plate: getting his hands on enough Jon Hamm bobblehead dolls to satisfy the fans among his own friends and family.

“It’s amazing how many people I’ve had ask me to get them one,” Hamm said at a news conference before Jon Hamm Night commenced, according to the Associated Press.

“That was the weird thing -- aunts and uncles and friends of all stripes, so I’ll probably need about 40 of them.”

Forty, huh? Hope the hometown boy has some pull with the Cardinals’ promotions people.


Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” fame was on hand before the game too, clearly delighted by the commemorative bobblehead he’d procured. And really, what’s not to love -- in pictures, Bobblehead Jon is adorable, with just the right amount of 5 o’clock shadow.

McBrayer and Hamm got to be friends in 2009 after the latter did a few guest spots as Liz Lemon love interest Dr. Drew Baird on the NBC sitcom.

On a more serious note, the “Mad Men” star acknowledged the volatile situation in Ferguson, Mo., which is just north of his Normandy, Mo., hometown.

“That’s my neighborhood,” he told reporters at the news conference. “It’s a bad situation all the way around; there’s no positive spin to it. When all the facts come out and hopefully all the light is shown on all sides of it, hopefully the justice will be carried out.”

That said, the game still went on, with Hamm meeting some Cardinals players before taking the mound.

Associated Press sportswriter R.B. Fallstrom called the pitch on Twitter: “Cards superfan Jon Hamm throws first pitch, rainbow bounced to Ozzie Smith,” he wrote, which likely means it was a better effort than 50 Cent’s way-wide delivery, with a little more athleticism and a little less derriere than Chrissy Teigen’s toss earlier this month in L.A.

Hamm got a hug from Hall of Fame shortstop Smith after his throw, and a portion of proceeds from the game went to benefit St. Jude Children’s Medical Research Hospital.

Well played.


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