There’s a new trend in bad first pitches: the college quarterback. Is there something that incredibly different between the throwing motion of a football to a baseball that we can’t get a strike over the plate on a ceremonial first pitch?
Exhibit A: Texas A&M QB and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel
An airmailed pitch to Mitch Moreland. “Johnny Football” said afterwards that he had been warned by many people not to bounce it. That’s why he was a little wild with the throw.
Exhibit B: Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Someone should have given “Shoelace” the “don’t bounce it” advice. He better hope that this doesn’t affect his NFL draft stock in a couple weeks. UPDATE: Robinson actually played baseball in high school and apologized to his former teammates on Twitter.
To all my high school friends that I played baseball with at DBHS I’m sorry for not showing my skills yesterday. Lol
— Denard Robinson (@DenardX) April 10, 2013
Both should’ve taken advice from the Indiana quarterbacks Cameron Coffman, Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld. Standing in front of the mound and taking a three-step drop might be the way to go for future QB’s making a ceremonial first pitch.
-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)