Premier Delivers First Pitch At Yankee Stadium

May 6, 2016

Earlier this evening, at the iconic Yankee Stadium and clad in the home team’s jersey, Premier Michael Dunkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch in advance of the New York Yankees – Boston Red Sox game.

Premier Michael Dunkley Baseball Pitch (4)

A spokesperson said, “‎The public will be aware that the Premier is in New York to support events associated with the America’s Cup World Series [ACWS] events taking place this weekend. Premier Dunkley was invited to throw out the symbolic first pitch at the game during which there were Bermuda and America’s Cup promotions and opportunities that served to generate media coverage in that market.

Premier Michael Dunkley Baseball Pitch (3)

“Historically, for more than 100 years, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have shared an intense rivalry. Many consider it to be the greatest rivalry in sports. Tonight’s much anticipated game according to the Premier served as an “invaluable opportunity to leverage Bermuda’s promotional outreach” to thousands at the game and to countless more watching live on television.”

Premier Michael Dunkley Jimmy Spithill

Of this evening’s special occasion, Premier Dunkley said, “I was very honoured on behalf of Bermuda to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The atmosphere was great and considering all the legendary pitchers who have taken to Yankee Stadium mound, I regard this an experience of a lifetime.

Premier Michael Dunkley Baseball Pitch (1)

“With all of the activities taking place this week associated with the America’s Cup World Series races, this was a wonderful opportunity to promote Bermuda to a significant and captive audience.”

Premier Michael Dunkley NY Yankees Manager ‎Joe Girardi‎

‎Adding to the Bermuda/America’s Cup promotion, the AC Trophy – “Auld Mug”, was also on display at this evening’s game to generate excitement for the ACWS weekend of activities, which will have a strong Bermuda presence which includes representation from the ACDBA, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Hamilton Princess, Goslings and others.

Audio statement from Premier Dunkley

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  1. Kangoocar says:

    Got to give it to the Premier, looking at the trajectory of the ball he pitched, he has a much better arm than the dreb, and he didn’t embarrass us like flip flop Furbert did with singing to a mostly uninterested crowd that surely was wearing ear plugs??

    • RE Word says:

      His pitch best be better then the 2012 election if he hopes to win in the 2017 election, and he knows it.

      • aceboy says:

        Yea, let’s bring back the PLP and their really great tourism and large project ideas. We’ll have the Platinum Period and lots more over priced construction again. Wouldn’t that be….great.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Yup, just what Bermuda needs again. NAAAGHT!

      This so-called-premier, belongs exactly where you see him: involved in pitching balls at a game.
      Guess he thinks this helps with how he has treated Bermudians.
      He will have his day for treading on peoples’ lives.
      Oh!! Wayne Furbert has “flip flopped”??? TERRIFIC NEWS.Heeheee!!

    • Hurricane says:

      Kangoocar is hell bent on being a donkey hole!

  2. Smith says:

    Maybe he should come back and deal with all the armed robberies since he’s the Minister for that area instead of throwing around BALLS!

    • Luis Suarez says:

      Yawn. Yes of course he is directly responsible for 2 idiots sticking up a garage.

      Cheap political point, try harder please.

    • TO SMITH: Michael pitches balls BEST……not dealing with armed robberies.
      We gotta be realistic.

  3. JA says:

    Wouldn’t it be better if you sent the sports minister? You do know we had another robbery photo op Premier?

    Get all the free trips you can, next election will be my turn to see you and the clowns beg for the people’s vote.

    • Common cent$ says:

      Yeah that sounds great!!Good evening baseball fans- Coming up to the mound…..the sports minister of Bermuda!!! The who?, fans ask. I’m sure if he would’ve been here instead- the C Motors Robbery wouldn’t have happened right?!!?!?! The only change there would be if there wasn’t economical issues here and everyone had jobs- would be these robbers stealing even more money from businesses. The island is getting better at stopping drugs from getting onto the island- this is the next line o work for such criminals.

    • Jalepeno Popper says:

      No doubt why in place of your name you use the letters JA.

  4. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ?


  5. Expat says:

    “Go back to your country!”

  6. expat says:

    Why is it that many Bermudians believe that only one thing can be achieved at a time? This Government is turning around the train wreck which was left after the previous administration, and here they are advertising Bermuda to a huge American market. Yet all some can do is snipe.

    What could the premier have done about today’s robbery? That’s a police job, but more, it is also the publics.

    So many just stand back and complain instead of doing something for themselves and their neighbors. Time to step up to the plate and join the revolution that is Bermuda 2016, or sit back and enjoy the debt ridden country that you were left with. Your choice.

    JA, Smith, RE Word – what have YOU done for your country? Volunteered to help the kids? Running May 24 for a charity? End to End in the morning? My bet is you have done NOTHING, which gives you very little right to complain when others are trying to improve YOUR lot in life.

  7. Raymond Ray says:

    Contrary to the negative publicity, all in all you’d done well Premier Michael Dunkley and now, as for the interview, well spoken Sir :-)

    • drunken ursula says:

      Ray please wipe your nose way too much brown stuff from kissing OBA’s bottom….where was your positive comments when Wayne Furbert sang ?

      • Raymond Ray says:

        @ drunken ursula, PLEASE let my name taste like, “doo-do” in your mouth why? It’s because when you talk to/about me it’s sounds like that stuff :-(
        As I’ve mentioned to you and all others in the past, (them like you that have much criticism) just be bold enough and use your birth given name/s…

  8. Kempe says:

    Mich this country has a serious division among race. Dont sit back or the next election will be a repeat of 1998. Honestly changing the name and fooling the voters will not work again. The racial fire is worst then the Canadian wildfire because people are refusing to put it out.

  9. Strike says:

    I Don’t recall all this talk when one of our previous premiers done the same thing.

    • reddamtibi says:

      I do…the talk was way worse MD is getting off easy here…

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      Strike, you’re memory is partly cloudy than because Ewart got bashed for doing this very same thing from both segments of the public.

  10. Serious though says:

    Remember when Dr Brown did the same,……hmmmmm

    • reddamtibi says:

      yes – he was digitally castrated…

      Oh and Dunk…those legendary pitchers you refer to pitched at the old stadium…

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      Yes I do, I also remember the local media & certain circles bashing him for doing so. It seems those very same circles now feel the opposite now that someone of their liking is now doing the exact same thing. What a difference time makes, or could there be more to it than just time alone?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      DrEB PAID big bucks, our bucks, to throw the ball. Don’t think it worked that way this time.

  11. Cow polly says:

    I’m sick and tired of reading these digs about photo ops. He’s the Premier of Bermuda for goodness sake….. He’s selling tourism. Do u see Obama hiding from the camera? Course not…… It’s part of the job. And he has a junior minister of security who is more than capable of dealing with these robberies…..why don’t you turn your wrath on the police JA?

    • Hurricane says:

      @ Cow polly, your right, the photo op comments have gone too far, but to compare him to Obama; now that’s quite a stretch…..hahahaha hahahahaha

      You hot jokes kid……lmaoooooooooo

      Ridiculous, at best.
      YOU compare Dunkley to Obama. You are clearly out of your mind.
      There are NO PARALLELS!!!
      Premier, you say. Hmmm…..debatable for thousands.

    • Wayne Nicholas says:

      Cow Polly?… sound more like cow dung as always!!… in the “H” are you going to tell us that Dunkley is selling tourism!

      Why couldn’t that over priced Tourism Authority perform that function?…..ahhh..oh yes, that wouldn’t allow the Premier the chance to get another FREE vacation and photo posturing opportunity.

      With all of these armed robberies going on, wouldn’t he serve this country better by calling an emergency meeting with all stakeholders instead of RUNNING away from his sworn duty as the Minister for National Security?

      To compare him to President Obama clearly indicates that you are falling victim to the methane fumes of your own cow dung.

      For your information:
      The economy under the leadership of President Obama has added nearly 8.4 million jobs — more than six times the number gained under George W. Bush.

      The number of job openings doubled, to a record 5.7 million. Nearly 15 million fewer people lack health insurance coverage.

      Unlike the PROMISED and much touted propaganda by the OBA, the score is quite the contrary where we have lost more than double of the campaign rhetoric regarding jobs,the raping of the pension fund and the people in taxes

      In fact I haven’t even heard from his Deputy..or is he concentrating on more ways to rip off the poor Joe Public

      Your final statement is even more idiotic….turn the wrath on the police?…ummm….you dreamer they report to the ruling Government

  12. Tony says:

    What a waste of cows milk. Bie get back to Bermy and fix this racially divided country.

  13. Terry says:

    Because everything has to be about race in Bermuda.
    Glad I left.
    Bite me.

  14. Coffee says:

    They , the UBP/OBA and this Premier are the Bad News Bears Inc.
    Imagine , armed robberies occurring on a weekly basis , and the minister responsible is far removed , pitching balls and chewing tobacco in another country !

    Unacceptable and a direct slap in the nose to those behind him !

  15. William F.G Bird says:

    Looks like the Milkman may have found his true vocation.

  16. Triangle Drifter says:

    One thing about our Premier he is game for anything to promote Bermuda & not officious about it. Doesn’t matter. Dancing on Front St on Bermuda Day or doing the first pitch honours. Looks like pretty decent form on the pitch too.

    Photo op? Maybe. Bermuda promotion? Definetly.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      You know what’s funny, when Ewart Brown was doing all those very same things, the media didn’t see it the same as you.

      Friday, October 17, 2008 12:33 PM
      “Since becoming Premier, Ewart Brown’s publicity machine has been in overdrive. Like no other leader in Bermuda’s history, Dr. Brown’s image has been captured everywhere – from carefully contrived appearances at baseball games to more statesman-like photo-calls at national events.
      But this neatly spun image has left some voters confused: is their Premier the down-to-earth people’s man who hangs out with Bermuda’s soccer stars? Or the more presidential figure who rubs shoulders with George Bush? Or the shameless tourism promoter who wears a Mets shirt and flings Feel the Love T-shirts to an American crowd? More to the point, some voters are asking: is some of the substance being lost in amongst all this style?”

    • William F.G Bird says:

      You forgot to mention golf down at the Mid Ocean Club too.

      Yes. He is pure game for EVERYTHING.
      Dancing on Front Street, you say!!!!!
      This man is ridiculous, to say the least.
      He has blatantly disrespected SO MANY PEOPLE’S LIVES.
      This is what he gets from thousands of Bermudians………..NO VOTE OF CONFIDENCE!!!!!! A true horror of a person.

  17. wahoo says:

    That bye is a skiller! 50,000 people in the stadium, AC race on the Hudson and the Cup right there with our premier who threw a great pitch! Bermuda is a short flight from NYC do you see value here? If you do not then there is little hope for you.

    • William F.G Bird says:

      …except when Dr. Brown does much the same, right?

    • just saying says:

      There is very little hope for the PLP and their fans !

  18. just wondering says:

    Someone please explain to me how a politician throwing a baseball sells hotel rooms/plane tickets?? Who much did this cost the taxpayer??

    • wahoo says:

      You dumb a$$ the AC trophy is right behind him it is not as much about him as it is the AC being in Bermuda and raising awareness of Bermuda in general. You either (A) Don’t understand (B) Don’t want to understand or (C) Are as dumb as a brick.

      • just wondering says:

        oh dear – where to begin – firstly i suggest you try to refrain from your infantile lashing out where someone has the gall to state a question you might disagree with – so try to grow up and then try to comment like an adult – that said your moronic comment (sorry i can’t help myself) about the AC cup is a one off publicity shot – it ISNT even on the jumbotron – finally you made my point – the AC is selling Bermuda not the premier throwing baseballs!! try again!

    • Derek J says:

      It’s all part of the promotional activities. Are there better ways to spend time and money, of course, but the fact that he was in town for the AC. Bermuda already spends promotional dollars with the Red Sox and the BTA’s head office is in NYC so it was a good top of the mind promotion to get people thinking about planning their next summer vacation to Bermuda for the AC finals. It would have been considered a missed opportunity if he hadn’t done it.

  19. Deshaun says:

    At least Wayne did not embarrass us with that karaoke voice his “the best is still to come ” boy don’t make me roar

  20. Coffee says:

    They , the UBP/OBA and this Premier are the Bad News Bears Inc.
    Imagine , armed robberies occurring on a weekly basis , and the minister responsible is far removed , pitching balls and chewing tobacco in another country !

    Unacceptable and a direct slap in the nose to those behind him !

    Now let’s see if he bowls the first ball at Cup Match !

  21. Derek A. G. Jones says:

    Big weekend for Bermuda in NYC so kudos for making the most it but being a Red Sox fan it hurts the eyes to see him wearing that shirt! Wish he’d toned it down and taken the opportunity to give a nod to Boston by wearing his traditional blue Bermuda shorts and a pair of red knee length socks. Would have been quite the diplomat. :)

    • PBanks says:

      Yeah, walk into Yankee Stadium giving a nod to Red Sox fans by wearing their ‘colours’… that’ll go down well with the home crowd :)

  22. Dread says:

    Dunkley for President!