"It's a special day," Manning said. "I'm happy to be here on behalf of Pampers, celebrating Father's Day and honoring all fathers. It'll be a fun day with Ava on Father's Day."
Manning warmed up his arm in the bullpen before the game, but had to alter his motion, as he threw the pitch with his 1-year-old daughter in his arms. He said, as much as he wanted to, he couldn't bring the gas.
"I'd like to get on the mound, toe the rubber and whip it down there," Manning said. "But I don't think I'll be doing that today.
Manning talked to a few players before the game, visiting the Mets' clubhouse before the team wrapped up its series with the Reds. He played second base in high school, but never pitched.
"It's a little different locker-room mentality for baseball and football," Manning said. "We get 16 games, and they get 162. But all the players and coaches were real nice."
Manning considers himself a New York baseball fan, and supports both the Mets and Yankees, but he knows there's one easy way to lose the approval of New York.
"I know you can't one hop it down there, so if I miss, I'll miss high," Manning said.
Manning lobbed his pitch straight into the glove of Mets third baseman David Wright.