Kudos to Major League Baseball. They deserve it for stepping in and saying that Dirk Nowitzki could throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night—just days after someone reportedly told him that he couldn't do it. Apparently, there were a few MLB owners who didn't want to allow the Mavericks forward to throw out the ceremonial pitch because they wanted to show solidarity with the NBA owners during their lockout. However, Major League Baseball is now saying that that isn't true at all.

"MLB absolutely denies that any part in selecting the first ball pitcher had anything to do with the current labor situation in the NBA," an MLB spokesman said yesterday. "You want the club's input in what makes sense for them and then we talk about what makes sense for the team and a good broad-base national appeal. It's a nice problem to have that you get a list of 10 or 15 names and you work your way through them. We know Nowitzki's been at the games and that's wonderful. We're glad he's there."

Of course he's there. What else does he have to do? Play basketball?! Anyway, we're glad to see MLB came to their senses. Now let's just hope Dirk's aim has gotten a little bit better since the last time he did this. [via ESPN Dallas]