See Jack White toss a first pitch to Santa — and crack a smile!

And they said it couldn’t be done. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Last week, rocker Jack White sat in the stands at Wrigley Field, taking in a Cubs game, and much was made at the time about how gloomy he looked. Well, maybe it was just the comfort level of being back in his hometown, but White again appeared at a ballpark, and he seemed a lot happier about it.

White was on hand at Detroit’s Comerica Park to throw out the first pitch, and as it was also “Christmas in July” night at the ballpark, he wound up throwing said pitch to none other than Santa.

Not bad at all for a celebrity first pitch! (Right, 50 Cent?)

And, sure, White was captured not exactly beaming with joy while making that toss….

(Leon Halip/Getty Images)

… but come on, I think we can cut him some slack there. Pretty sure I’d be focused as well at that moment, if only on not making a complete fool of myself.

As proof that White can, in fact, derive some enjoyment from life, here he is right before that pitch:

(/Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

Heck, he even mugged it up with Santa and the Tigers’ mascot. Well, it’s not an unhappy look, in any event:

And, of course, you probably noticed the photo at the top of this article. So, case closed, Jack White is not always grumpy. In fact, he even cracked a joke before the game, as the Detroit Free Press quoted him saying, “It’s just one of those days you throw a split-fingered fastball to Santa Claus.” That report also contains this interesting tidbit:

White lofted his hand to show off what he said is the only existing championship gold ring from the Chicago White Sox’ 1919 World Series win, tied to the notorious “Black Sox” scandal. He bought it at auction a couple of years ago.

“I figured if there was any time to wear this, today was the day, since we’re playing the White Sox,” he said.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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