Sadiq Khan prepares for MLB guest appearance as Mayor of London trains in New York’s Central Park

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 8:52 a.m.

Sadiq Khan in Central Park

Sadiq Khan prepared for his guest appearance by throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball (MLB) game while practicing in New York’s Central Park.

The mayor of London met with Hillary Clinton, the city’s current mayor Eric Adams and its former leader Michael Bloomberg on Monday at the start of his tour to boost London’s tourism and tech industries.

The West Coast leg of the trip began with Khan landing in San Francisco around 10:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. BST) before he appeared throwing the first pitch of the game between the hometown Giants and Colorado Rockies at Oracle. Park on the outskirts of San Francisco Bay later today.

The American tradition of having a guest of honor throw the first pitch dates back to at least 1890 and generally includes U.S. presidents since William Howard Taft in 1910.

Mr Khan attended the launch of an international tourism campaign – Let’s Do London – in Times Square on Monday and met MLB commissioner Robert Manfred to announce that the British capital would host regular season matches for the league in 2023, 2024 and 2026.

Mr Khan will meet with executives from Google and LinkedIn in San Francisco, before traveling to Los Angeles to promote London’s film industry.