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  • Actor Bruce Willis talks with Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins during batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Actor Bruce Willis takes batting practice before a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Actor Bruce Willis walks out of the Philadelphia Phillies' dugout to take batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Actor Bruce Willis smiles after taking batting practice before a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:16 pm

Diehard Fan: Actor Bruce Willis throws 1st pitch in Philly

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bruce Willis was moonlighting for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Willis, star of "The Sixth Sense" and "The Fifth Element" threw the first pitch in his No. 19 Phillies jersey before Philadelphia played the Milwaukee Brewers. Willis wasn't within striking distance of the plate he one-hopped the pitch to Phillies ace Aaron Nola.

Willis took his cuts Wednesday in batting practice against coach Dusty Wathan using a bat borrowed from Phillies outfielder Nick Williams. Willis grew up in the southern New Jersey town of Carney's Point and has filmed movies in Philadelphia, including "Glass."

"I just like to hit the ball," Willis said in his red pinstripes. "I just like the noise. I grew up with the Phillies."

The 64-year-old Willis chatted with Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins and manager Gabe Kapler . Kapler, in his second year, played Scrooge and refused to believe Willis' 1988 classic "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie.

"I maintain, not a Christmas movie," Kapler said during a lively debate with beat writers in his office. "Aren't most Christmas movies centered around the celebration of Christmas in some way or another?"

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