Johnny Manziel Officially Concocts the Most Creative First Pitch Ever at Padres Game
Cabo spring breaks, courtside NBA seats, luxury boxes at concerts, appearances on Letterman, rounds of golf at Pebble Beach, batting practice in Major League Baseball stadiums...
I'm pretty sure that soon it will make more sense to just create a Johnny Manziel-specific blog on HoustonPress.com to capture all of the exploits and bucket list adventures of one Johnny F. Football.
As mentioned earlier this morning, the A&M Heisman Trophy winner cranked a home run in batting practice at Petco Park on Monday afternoon off of Padres manager Bud Black (while wearing jeans, no less!). That was impressive, but mere prologue to his throwing out the first pitch of the game between Padres and the Nationals.
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Allow me to go through a shortened version of the "Johnny is better than you" resume one more time....
Some people attend NBA games in courtside seats. Johnny Manziel hangs out in the locker room striking Heisman poses afterwards with James Harden.
Some people play Pebble Beach. Johnny Manziel birdies the 18th hole to card a 79.
Some people take batting practice at Petco Park. Johnny Manziel hits home runs.
And some people throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game, stressing themselves into irritable bowel syndrome all day long hoping that they don't either short hop it on three bounces or throw it over the catcher's head.
Johnny Manziel reenacts the signature play of his Heisman Trophy winning season where he bobbled the ball in the face of Alabama's pass rush, rolled left and found Ryan Swope in the back of the end zone. And he throws a perfect strike.
That's a first pitch Johnny Manziel-style.
Hell, even Mark Kotsay flipped his own personal switch into "Johnny Circus Mode" by catching the ball behind his back. The bravado of Manziel is contagious!
Also, naturally, Johnny went and got a picture with Nationals' phenom Stephen Strasburg before the game:
— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) May 17, 2013
Or maybe more to the point, Strasburg got his picture taken with Johnny Football.
At this point, the only surprising thing about last night is that the Nationals didn't bring in Manziel to pitch the ninth inning and close things out for Strasburg (who, by the way, finally went eight innings for the first time in his Major League Baseball career. Coincidence? Nope. Power of Johnny!).
Of course, the two teams play three more games this weekend, so anything's still possible, I suppose.
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