Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke in an interview with NBC Sports and explained his thoughts about “Metallica Night” Monday (April 23) in honor of the Bay Area metal legends.

Asked by interviewer, if tossing out the first pitch has gotten easier over the last six years, Lars said:

“You know what? When you walk out to the mound after they call your name, it’s still ten or fifteen seconds of the loneliest time in your life. I just walk out, and I always try to just look up and soak it all in. But that walk is, like… you feel kind of lonely.

Six years in, I think most of them have been where they should be. [I’ve had] the occasional bounce right at home plate, but there’s been no embarrassments; it hasn’t ended up in the dugout or out in the bay or anything like that. So it’s six for six; it’s good.

This is a tradition that’s been going for, like we say, six years now, and we’re so proud for the city of San Francisco, for the team and for the families and for the whole vibe here,” he said. “And it’s just so awesome that we still have this going.”

You can watch the entire interview below.