SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants honored the late comedian and actor Robin Williams by having his son, Zak throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night at AT&T Park.
Williams, who committed suicide in August, was known as a longtime Giants fan and was also honored by the team just days after his death with a moment of silence.
Zak Williams threw his pitch to his father's close friend, comedian Billy Crystal as the crowd of cheering, emotional fans looked on and players in both the Kansas City and San Francisco dugouts applauded.
A special tribute for Williams played on the main center-field scoreboard, featuring highlights of his films as well as photos of him from various visits to the ballpark - one with home run king Barry Bonds and Hall of Famer Willie Mays. A clip of Williams leading fans in a pregame chant also played, and Crystal got things going with his own chant of "Play ball!"
Zak, joined at the AT&T Park mound by siblings Zelda and Cody, found Crystal's glove then erupted in joy. Zak raised both arms into the air before finding Crystal, an award-winning actor and close Williams friend, for an embrace.
"We are honored to be here in support of the tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants," Williams' children said in a statement through the Giants. "For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series game for our team to our dad's best friend. We could not think of a better way to celebrate his memory. Let's go Giants!"
"To honor our dear friend Robin," Crystal said before the game began. "He loved you and loved the Giants."