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Larry Fitzgerald fails miserably at batting practice

Larry Fitzgerald, Keith Brooking AP

On the football field, Larry Fitzgerald is an amazing athlete. On the baseball diamond? Not so much.

Fitzgerald took batting practice with the Arizona Diamondbacks this week, and after swinging and missing at most of the 48 pitches thrown him by Diamondbacks bullpen catcher Jeff Motuzas, Fitzgerald admitted that he’s just not any good at baseball.

“I struck out about seven, eight times out there,” Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic. “It was embarrassing. . . . This is definitely a gift I don’t possess.”

The Diamondbacks are managed by Kirk Gibson, who was an excellent wide receiver at Michigan State before deciding to devote his attention to baseball full-time. But Gibson doesn’t see Fitzgerald following in his footsteps. After watching Fitzgerald flail around at the plate, Gibson said, “He’s still got to stick to football.”

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22 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald fails miserably at batting practice”
  1. nyctexan says: Apr 14, 2011 11:21 AM

    Those cardinals red on red unis have to be one of the ugliest ever

  2. herlies says: Apr 14, 2011 11:22 AM

    Here comes the “hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in all of sports” nonsense.

    I’ll say this… I would rather stand at the plate and try to make contact than run a seam route into the heart of an NFL secondary.

  3. kd75 says: Apr 14, 2011 11:30 AM

    Sounds like he was better at baseball than Michael Jordan was.

  4. wutthecrapman says: Apr 14, 2011 11:32 AM

    At least he’s a realist. Maybe one of the most modest WR in the NFL today.

  5. thetruth845 says: Apr 14, 2011 11:40 AM

    “I’ll say this… I would rather stand at the plate and try to make contact than run a seam route into the heart of an NFL secondary.”

    Herlies….the saying has nothing to do about how big of a wuss you are. Its about what is more difficult to do.

  6. bravesnolesjags says: Apr 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports to do. Your comparison is about toughness, not skill.

  7. italyprodigy says: Apr 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    and the purpose of this article is to remind us that hes playing football, and this is the reason he is playing football. My mind is going to explode with all this new knowledge i have just learned.

  8. citizenstrange says: Apr 14, 2011 11:55 AM

    Fitzgerald would look good in Black & Gold.

    GO STEELERS!

  9. meeky1985 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:06 PM

    My Raiders should have drafted him

  10. bmoose71 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:18 PM

    “Fitzgerald would look good in Black & Gold.”

    And with his given body of work he would probably bat 3rd for the Pirates.

  11. sneaky1632 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:52 PM

    He can start practicing for next seasons Dancing with the Stars.

  12. gdive says: Apr 14, 2011 12:55 PM

    Sounds like Fitzgerald’s baseball skills are similar to the Card’s QB’s football skills!

  13. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    @bmoose71 +1

  14. dwoofer says: Apr 14, 2011 1:40 PM

    Too bad Fitz can’t bat. Baseball, while it takes certain skills, is the laziest and easiest of the major sports. Let’s see, you’re a right fielder. Most of your three-hour game time is spent standing around watching the pitcher throw to the catcher. Other than batting, you spend maybe 5 minutes in motion in right field, if that much. Oh, and you sign no-cut contracts that assure you’ll get your millions come what may. Football: constant motion, high speed, constant peak physical strain. Injury, sweat, exertion….oh, yeah, baseball – you really have a lot to crow about.

  15. danetow says: Apr 14, 2011 1:43 PM

    Hardest thing to do in sports is take a round ball with a rounded bat and hit is square. There aren’t to many sports that you can fail 7 out of 10 times and be considered one of the best in your craft.

  16. jpmelon says: Apr 14, 2011 2:11 PM

    Apparently he’s no Bo Jackson. If you havn’t actually swung at a ball that was pitched at 90 mph, you probably have no idea how difficult it is to hit a baseball in professional sports.

  17. zappa69 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:52 PM

    Good for Fitz for giving it a try. Wasn’t like he was trying to make the team, just taking advantage of a work stoppage. I’d love to take batting practice with a MLB team, catch a football from Favre on a high school field, putt on a practice green with Tiger or Phil, play horse with Jordan. Of course I’d only strike out, break a few fingers, 5 putt from 8 feet, and only put an H on Jordan because he would be laughing so hard. Sound like FUN!

  18. azbearsfan says: Apr 14, 2011 3:49 PM

    bmoose71 says: Apr 14, 2011 12:18 PM

    “Fitzgerald would look good in Black & Gold.”

    And with his given body of work he would probably bat 3rd for the Pirates.

    Funniest thing I have read all day.

  19. chatham10 says: Apr 14, 2011 3:54 PM

    This has to be one slow day in sports that you insiders can only come up with a baseball story. I guess the next story you will have is David Ortiz of the Red Sox cannot run a fly pattern

  20. romoscollarbone says: Apr 14, 2011 4:32 PM

    While I’m not a fine tuned athlete like Fitz, I’ve played my fair share of football and baseball. Hitting 90 mph heat is hard. Buttttt hitting BP pitches is not lol. You’d think somebody with his hand eye coordination would be able to do it easily. He prob was trying to lace one over the wall the whole time. Instead of making good contact and letting physics do the rest.

  21. txhc says: Apr 14, 2011 5:38 PM

    He should take lessons from Brian Bulaga. That dude went upper deck like 12 times when he took batting practice with the Brewers lol.

  22. Canyonero says: Apr 14, 2011 9:40 PM

    Fitzgerald could’ve caught the ball and run to first, but kuddos for using a bat as per tradition.

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