Throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Hagerstown Suns games is the only public appearance that makes author Nora Roberts nervous, she said Friday night before her annual toss.
Roberts practiced her pitch prior to the game, and was "throwing like a girl,", Roberts said.
The best-selling author started attending Hagerstown Suns games with her children 15 years ago, she said.
The first 1,000 fans who arrived Friday received Nora Roberts bobbleheads. Hundreds of fans already were waiting in line for their bobbleheads an hour before the game started.
"It's a scream," Roberts said as she held her bobbleheaded likeness.
Friday's Suns game was the first time a romance author's bobblehead was given away at a professional baseball game, said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The bureau and Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, owned by Roberts' husband, sponsored the bobblehead.