Masaharu Morimoto, TV's Iron Chef and owner of eponymous restaurants in Philadelphia and New York, was a minor-league ballplayer in Japan.

You'd never know it from his on-field demonstration Tuesday just before the Phillies-Mets game at Citizens Bank Park. Given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Morimoto took his sweet time, rolled up his sleeves, wound up ... and air-mailed the toss to the Phillie Phanatic.

Morimoto got the invitation from Phillies manager Charlie Manuel after Morimoto hosted a benefit for Japan at his Chestnut Street location in 2011.