In the game of "Bucket List," Johnny Manziel is officially running up the score on all of us.
Over the weekend, the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback capped off a round at Pebble Beach with his parents by knocking in a birdie on 18 to break 80. About the only surprising thing about that is that he was with his parents and not Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
So what's the best way to chase a round of golf at Pebble and a week in the sunny tranquility of the really nice parts of Southern California?
Well, how about a little batting practice at Petco Park?
Sure, why not.
Thursday afternoon, prior to the Padres' game with the Washington Nationals, where naturally Manziel will be throwing out the first pitch (of course he is), our resident "luckiest man on the face of the earth" had a chance to knock the ball around the yard in B.P.
And, of course, this happened:
That's right, grabbing a wooden bat off the rack and wearing jeans, Johnny Manziel hits a home run off Padres manager and former big league pitcher Bud Black (who I'm guessing wasn't throwing his best stuff, but frankly if Manziel were batting against a rested Justin Verlander, I'd bet on a 450 foot bomb from Johnny Football right about now).
Johnny Manziel doesn't just sit courtside at NBA games. He goes in the locker room afterward and strikes a Heisman pose with James Harden.
Johnny Manziel doesn't just play a round at Pebble Beach. He birdies 18 and breaks 80.
And Johnny Manziel doesn't just take batting practice at Petco (a hitter's park, by the way). He hits bombs.
Oh, and the reason he's in San Diego? He's working out right now with his personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield.
— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) May 17, 2013
So yeah, amidst all the bucket-list events and the wave of hoopla, Johnny Football is still finding time to remain awesome at football. That said, I'm watching the season finale of American Idol as I type this, and I half expect to not only see Johnny in the crowd, but to hear Ryan Seacrest announce him as this season's winner.
That's how it goes for Johnny Football.
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