Baseball hitters should be glad they don’t have to stare down J.J. Watt on a regular basis.
Watt, the 2012 NFL defensive player of the year, took to the mound in Houston on Sunday night and threw the first pitch for the Astros’ season opener against the Rangers. (Apparently, the Astros have switched leagues.)
The performance from the mound follows Watt recently hitting multiple batting-practice home runs with the Astros.
So, yes, he can do much more than deliver pizzas.
UPDATE 10:59 p.m.: Though I gave up on baseball more than 20 years ago when the Pirates blew the NLCS to the Braves in Game Seven, I still realize that a 73-mph pitch won’t break the catcher’s fingers. But it was the ceremonial first pitch from a guy who doesn’t play baseball. If we assume that he worked at pitching and was throwing the hardest he could in a game setting, it’s safe to say the ball would come out slightly faster.