Prince Harry Throws First Pitch at Citi Field

Royal redhead takes Big Apple

By KAREN MATTHEWS
|  Saturday, Jun 26, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM EDT
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NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Prince Harry pitches the first ball before the New York Mets play the Minnesota Twins, at Citi Field on June 26, 2010 in New York, New York. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Prince Harry

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Britain's Prince Harry showed he can shoot. On the second day of his U.S. visit, New Yorkers got to see his arm.

After firing an M4 rifle during a training exercise Friday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harry threw out the first pitch at Saturday's New York Mets game against the Minnesota Twins.

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue Mets cap, he sheepishly waved to the crowd as he stood on the top of the mound. He then shook his right arm several times and did a full body jiggle to loosen up.

The 25-year-old prince threw with some zip to Mets catcher Rod Barajas, who stood from his crouch to catch the throw that crossed the plate.

Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey gave Harry throwing advice about a half-hour before the game.

Earlier Saturday he visited UNICEF, where staff members briefed him on the U.N. agency's use of mapping technology to respond to crises such as the earthquake in Haiti.

The prince, the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, began his three-day visit Friday at West Point to look for ways British and U.S. veterans charities can work together to support wounded troops returning home.

Harry, third in line to the British throne, arrived by helicopter uniformed in camouflage. He hopped on the back of a Humvee, swapped his light blue beret for a helmet and headed out for live-fire exercises on the firing range and field exercises in nearby woods.

Harry fired an M4 along with a team of West Point cadets involved in a firing range training exercise. He and the cadets shot at pop-up silhouette targets anywhere from 50 to 300 meters away.

Crouched in the gravel and then later lying down, Harry had to hit the enemy targets but refrain from shooting at the yellow-banded friendlies. Col. Casey Haskins said he did quite well, hitting multiple targets.

The prince changed into a dark suit for a reception later Friday for British and American veterans and their families at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Harry said it was "a bit of a pinch yourself moment" to stand on the flight deck of the Intrepid, a historic aircraft carrier docked on Manhattan's West Side. He said Britain and the U.S. must forge stronger links between their military veterans.

"We in Britain can learn from the American culture of charity and from the great pioneering work in the fields of care, prosthetics and rehabilitation of your universities, hospitals and other organizations," he said. "In turn, I hope we can offer some inspiring examples of our own."

Harry attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and is a lieutenant in the British Army. He served in Afghanistan in 2008 as a battlefield air controller until a media leak cut his time short.

He has made no secret of his desire to return to the front lines, and the decision last month by British Army commanders to train him as an Apache attack helicopter pilot could make that more likely.

After Saturday's Mets game, Harry was scheduled to attend a country club reception in Greenwich, Conn., and promote his charity, Sentebale, which provides support to orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, an impoverished African nation whose inhabitants have one of the shortest average life expectancies in the world.

On Sunday, Harry will walk with wounded veterans participating in a road race through Central Park. He also plans to participate in the third annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island, in New York Harbor.

The polo event will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, the U.S. arm of the global charity co-founded by Harry.

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