Polamalu happy to tackle first pitch in Anaheim

Steelers safety returns home to help Wilson in 'Season of the Whiff' campaign

Polamalu happy to tackle first pitch in Anaheim

ANAHEIM -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety and Southern California native Troy Polamalu threw Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch to C.J. Wilson minutes before the Angels hosted the Royals.

Wilson, Head & Shoulders' "Mane Man," launched the "Season of the Whiff" campaign prior to the start of the 2013 season and Polamalu -- who has been associated with Head & Shoulders for five years -- came to show support.

"It's got a lot of different meanings coming here," Polamalu said. "Obviously supporting the [Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities] foundation and the 'Season of the Whiff' with Head & Shoulders, but I was born and raised right down the street from here. Just coming here -- I think I've been to one game, when I was a little child -- it's pretty awesome. It's surreal for me to throw the first pitch."

Wilson's campaign aims to help inner city baseball programs around the country.

For each strikeout during the 2013 regular season, Head & Shoulders will donate $1 to the RBI Foundation.

"This has a great meaning," Polamalu said. "To be able to come here -- my family's here -- and of course supporting C.J., the RBI Foundation and the local community here, it is a great experience."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.