Posts Tagged ‘First Pitch’

Derrick Rose and son throw out first pitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While a couple of NBA teams are still playing, most of the league has gone fishing. And with the baseball season in full swing, we’ve reached that time on the calendar when we start seeing NBA players pop up with some frequency at major league baseball games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

This weekend in Chicago, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had his turn on the mound at Wrigley Field. D-Rose brought along his son, who was rightfully a bit overwhelmed, at least initially, by the moment…

But once they got out there, the kid threw a fastball…

And as the son of another Chicago sports legend pointed out, there were some definite similarities to another first pitch decades ago…

Pat Connaughton throws 90 MPH first pitch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We can’t say that this is definitively the greatest ceremonial first pitch that anyone has ever thrown at a baseball game, but I can’t imagine anyone really topping this, especially another NBA player. It’s probably to be expected, since Portland guard Pat Connaughton played baseball (he was a pitcher) as well as basketball in college at Notre Dame, and was a fourth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles. But he chose to chase basketball as a career, which means at this point he’s just a great amateur baseball player. So when his teammate Meyers Leonard hit 82 mph on his first pitch for the minor league Hillsboro Hops, and then talked trash about it? Well, as Connaughton says, he “woke the bear.” He may not throw a perfect strike, but any time you break 90 on the radar gun, that’s pretty impressive…


VIDEO: Connaughton pitch

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

CHANDLER PARSONS
CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)


VIDEO: Parsons pitch

JAMES HARDEN
Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…
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NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

ZACH LAVINE
Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout


VIDEO: LaVine pitch

ANDREW WIGGINS
Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…
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NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

JOAKIM NOAH
There has been a strong Bulls presence on the mounds. We catch Joakim first at a White Sox game, where he took two tries to get it right. Because it’s important to get it right.


VIDEO: Noah White Sox

Then, a few days later, Noah tried it again across town at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, where things went much better…


VIDEO: Noah Cubs

PAU GASOL AND NIKOLA MIROTIC
Two new Bulls stopped by a White Sox game and tossed consecutive first pitches. Both went pretty well…
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