Former Giants star Will Clark will make good on a year-old promise Tuesday night.
When Clark addressed the crowd at a charity event last, he made a promise to Charlie Hughes, another speaker at the event. Hughes, 25, will throw out the first pitch when the Giants play the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
"I saw Charlie give a speech last year at Hope Services and he got up and told everyone how he benefited from the organization. He actually introduced me and I followed him up," Clark said.
"Public speaking is tough, especially for a young man with autism to get up in front of a big crowd and speak as well as he did? He did a great job.
Hughes is a twin who weighed just two pounds when he was born prematurely and spent the first nine months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit. He says he's a longtime Giants fan and credits his second-grade teacher, Sue Garadis, for using box score stats from Giants games as a way to teach him math.
He says he's not sure how he won Clark's heart, but he's glad the two of them connected at a reception the night before the breakfast.
"He's a huge Giants fan, and I told him we'd try to get him out on the field to throw out a first pitch," Clark said. "Even though it didn't happen last year, I stayed in touch with him and we made it happen this year."