Football players have a habit of showing up at baseball parks this time of year, either throwing out first pitches or showing off their abilities with a wooden stick.
On July 9, an eclectic mix of NFL figures will participate in a home run derby presented by the AAA Buffalo Bisons.
Also swinging for the fences will be former Bills, Panthers, and Colts G.M. Bill Polian.
Yes, Bill Polian. The sixtysomething exec-turned-ESPN-analyst with a hard, crusty shell will be showing up and participating.
Polian comes off on TV as far more likeable — or, as the case may be, less unlikeable — than his longstanding reputation otherwise would suggest. His willingness to participate in a home run derby shows a side that makes him even more likeable.
Or, as the case may be, less unlikeable.