Last week might have been U.S. Open week, but in terms of baseball and golf, it has definitely been "the week of the first pitch." Rory McIlroy started the trend with the San Francisco Giants, followed quickly by Dustin Johnson, who hit golf balls out of AT&T Park before he threw out the first pitch last Wednesday. Now, Masters champion and 2010 Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson was asked to throw out the first pitch on Monday at the New York Mets game, and Bubba might have thrown the best pitch of them all.
Watson got up, delivered a strike and then chatted with SNY after about the pitch and how his thought process was while standing on the rubber.
"It got there all the way, but it's funny, when you don't warm up and you don't stretch and you don't do all that stuff, your old bones start feeling it after a while," Watson said. "So for me, when I reared it back I was like, 'I better lob it over the plate.'"
Also, alert to pitchers; if you want to have a memorable game, invite a golfer to throw out the first pitch. Matt Cain tossed a perfect game last week when Johnson was on the mound before the game, and R.A. Dickey tossed a one-hitter for the Mets when Bubba preceded him.
Watson's pitch was a good one, but it definitely wasn't his first time doing so. Just over a month ago, Watson threw out the first pitch at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos game. You can compare his major league throw (above) to his minor league throw (below).