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Owen Nolan, Sharks mascot looked like pros throwing out first pitches

San Jose greats took the mound for special night with Athletics @NHLdotcom

If the Oakland Athletics need some help in their rotation, there are two members of the San Jose Sharks family that could slide right in.

The A's hosted a Sharks Night on May 18, complete with a cool giveaway, a former San Jose Sharks captain and a coming together of mascots for a neat trick.

The A's went all out with some local sports pride, giving out knit hats to fans with the A's logo on one side and the Sharks logo on the other.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: �� Take me out to the @Athletics game �� #BayAreaUnite

Former Sharks great Owen Nolan was in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, a strike to A's outfielder Mark Canha, who is also a native of San Jose.

"You were my hero when I was growing up," Canha told Nolan in a pregame conversation caught on camera.

But as impressive as Nolan's pitch was, perhaps the best part of the video is SJ Sharkie, the Sharks mascot, wristing a baseball from the mound to a crouching Stomper, Oakland's mascot, behind the plate. The ball sailed high to Stomper's glove side, but the elephant leaped up and got a glove on it somehow.

Some sneaky athleticism from a couple of big, furry animals

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