In what is likely a sign of the coming apocalypse, Papa Emeritus IV of Swedish rock band doomy Ghost threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago White Sox game on Thursday night.
It’s easy to imagine that regular baseball fans might have been a bit taken aback by the lead singer wearing corpse paint. The band’s legion of fans, however, totally freaked out on Twitter.
The White Sox game took place in Chicago against the visiting Cleveland Guardians. Video posted on YouTube on Thursday The night showed Papa Emeritus IV strutting around the field, a baseball glove in his left hand and a bat slung over his right shoulder.
The singer even wore a custom jersey that read “Papa IV” on the back. All the while, the 1970s hit “Disco Inferno” blared over the stadium speakers.
After video of the pitch hit the internet, fans and fellow musicians weighed in on Dad’s pitch. Chris Catalyst, known for his time with legendary goth rockers The Sisters of Mercy, praised the Ghost singer’s skills.
“Lad broke it tonight,” Catalyst wrote in a Tweeter.
Another Twitter user pointed out that he looked like the team mascot putting on a sheet for a photo with Dad.
“No one talks about how the mascot dressed up as a ghost to pose with him,” they wrote. wroteaccompanied by a crying emoji.
Someone else noted how weird the whole White Sox-Ghost pairing was.
“The world is going crazy because you can now officially say Dad Emeritus IV is your favorite baseball player,” they said. tweeted.
And another Ghost lover reflected on the fan base’s renewed fervor for the band.
“[G]hosttwt is crazy we are literally freaking out for 3 seconds where dad throws a ball”, the twitter user wrote.
Many Ghost fans were shocked on Wednesday after the band announced the odd sports crossover. But some die-hard White Sox fans may also have felt a jolt when a man clad in black and white face paint waltzed down the mound for the first time.
“[R]Regular baseball fans watch Jack Skellington enter the field to throw out the first pitch,” one person wrote in a Thursday. Tweeterwhich included a photo of weird eyeis Antoni Porowski with big eyes.
In July, during the All-Star game, Liam Hendriks, closer to the White Sox, was asked about his favorite musical artist, a team spokesperson wrote to Newsweek. Hendriks replied “Ghost” and quoted the song “Call Me Little Sunshine”, which the player incorporated into his pre-match routine.
“The band performed in Illinois earlier this week and it was time for a first pitch,” the rep continued.
Anyway, Papa’s juju didn’t seem to be helping the team too much. The White Sox ultimately succumbed to the Cleveland Guardians, losing 4-2.
Ghost was in the area because of the band’s current tour with hard-rock heavyweights Mastodon and Spiritbox. His last album, Imperagenerated rave reviews and propelled the group’s star even higher.
Still, the band has divided some in the rock and metal communities over its embrace of campy, Gwar-style costumes and use of poppy melodies layered over heavy riffs. But its focus on accessibility has also earned Ghost mainstream credibility.
In March, Ghost appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to play one of his recent offerings, “Call Me Little Sunshine.” And when 2019 banger “Mary on a Cross” went viral on TikTok earlier this year, it landed a late spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Newsweek has contacted a Ghost representative for comment.
Updated 9/23/2022, 2:50 PM ET: This story has been updated with comments from a Chicago White Sox spokesperson and verified video of the incident.