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Watch: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart throws out first pitch at Fenway Park

Aug 18, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

NBA players throwing out the first pitch at baseball games often doesn’t go all that well. If you’re looking for evidence, just ask John Wall or Nick Young about that.

But incoming Celtics rookie Marcus Smart did just fine with the honor this weekend at Fenway Park, besting a New England Patriots player in the process.


  1. chicagosports2014 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    lol he wasn’t even on the baseball mound.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Why don’t they stand on the mound? Why don’t they throw it with some gusto?

    If I ever threw out a first pitch I’d do a freakin Nolan Ryan windup and launch that thing in there. I’m sure I can’t throw more than 50-60mph so it wouldn’t be anything to the catcher and with that sort of heat on it there’s no way i’d miss by more than a foot or two.

    But noooo, let’s keep throwing it like 50 Cent or the mayor of Cincinnati. (BTW, President Bush had the greatest first pitch of all time.)

    • campcouch - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      The teams probably don’t want them messing up the mound, plus there’s always baseball’s voodoo and unwritten rules about areas of the playing field, and I bet the NBA/NFL lets those guys know not to wing it and strain a back or pop something.

  3. nymets05 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    The guy should be practicing his basketball skills rather than horsing around at a Sox game.Ainge and Celtic brass had a terrible off season in trying to make this outfit competitive.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      The “he should be practicing” comment is BS. What’s to say he didn’t spend hours that day in the gym and on the court before coming over? Or how does it account for the hours put in all summer? Do you ever take a break from your job to do something fun?

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