Detroit Lions starting quarterback and Texas native Matthew Stafford was granted a neat opportunity on Sunday, and was given the chance to toss out the ceremonial first pitch in Detroit's series finale with the Texas Rangers. Decked out in Tigers garb, the future Pro Bowler proceeded to take the mound like a crafty veteran, and, without hesitation, hurled his only pitch of the day over the plate for an obvious strike.
In a much less awkward moment, Lions QB Matthew Stafford fired a strike on his ceremonial 1st pitch. #Tigers— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 22, 2012
Stafford originally played high school baseball with 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, so it's not as if he has never gripped a baseball before. And as a professional athlete who is paid to throw a ball accurately with his arm, it's also not a stretch to believe that Stafford has some pretty decent command on the mound.
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