Cirque du Soleil performers will be at Trop for Rays game Sunday

Cirque du Soleil juggler Anthony Gatto will throw out the first pitch Sunday night. Another performer created a YouTube sensation with a first pitch June 27 in San Diego.

Dirk Franke

Cirque du Soleil juggler Anthony Gatto will throw out the first pitch Sunday night. Another performer created a YouTube sensation with a first pitch June 27 in San Diego.

Move over, . The performers of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba troupe in Orlando are coming to Tropicana Field on Sunday to entertain the crowd before the nighttime game against the Boston Red Sox.

This is the second time the troupe has partnered with Major League Baseball. The first, on June 27, featured performers from by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of whom ended up as an Internet sensation.

During the visit to Petco Park in San Diego, Gabryel Nogueira da Silva handled ceremonial first pitch honors by doing an acrobatic 360-degree backflip on the mound as he threw over the plate for a strike. It's been seen by more than 1.4 million viewers on YouTube alone.

Expect something that could be as equally spectacular Sunday.

La Nouba acrobats and clowns will start the evening by entertaining and interacting with fans near the rotunda at Gate 1 starting at 6 p.m. But fans should be in their seats to catch the first pitch, which will be preceded by a 2-minute version of the troupe's juggling acts. It's out of that routine that juggler Anthony Gatto is scheduled to throw the first pitch.

La Nouba, performed at Orlando's Downtown Disney complex, includes high wire and flying trapeze acts, acro-gymnastic performances and other displays of coordination and strength.

The game, which starts at 8:05 p.m., also includes a Johnny Damon bobblehead doll giveaway for the first 10,000 kids 14 and under. It will be televised on ESPN.

Cirque du Soleil performers will be at Trop for Rays game Sunday 07/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:48pm]

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