Warriors' Green throws out 1st pitch

Warriors' Green throws out 1st pitch

SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking for more elimination-game magic Tuesday night, the Giants called upon a few Bay Area celebrities to kick off Game 4 of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, a 2016 NBA All-Star and 2015 world champion, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Green had a busy afternoon at the ballpark. He chatted with several Giants players, got some pitching pointers from Hall of Famer Willie Mays then retreated to an indoor batting cage, where he warmed up for his first pitch.

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Wearing a Giants jersey and cap, Green received a standing ovation from the crowd before bouncing the first pitch well in front of home plate, laughing as he walked off the mound.

To get the fans fired up before left-hander Matt Moore's first pitch, San Francisco called upon another well-known local fan to shout, "Play ball!" The rapper Earl Stevens -- better known as E-40 -- was born in nearby Vallejo, and it wasn't a stretch to get him out to the ballpark.

E-40 watched the Giants' 6-5 win, a 13-inning thriller, from just behind home plate on Monday night. On Tuesday, he stood behind home plate alongside Green and grabbed the microphone.

"You know what we do in orange October?" he asked the home crowd. "We win!"

The national anthem was performed by the band Hot Buttered Rum, a progressive bluegrass group based in the Bay Area.

Adam Berry has covered baseball for MLB.com since 2011. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.