The NFL offseason is by far the longest offseason of all professional sports, and this allows football players the time to do things like autograph signings, appearances, and, of course, throw out first pitches at Major League Baseball games.
Monday, two members of the Pittsburgh Steelers were in attendance at two separate MLB ballparks to throw out the honorary first pitch. Those players were offensive lineman Zach Banner, who threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves game, and Najee Harris, who threw out the first pitch for his hometown San Francisco Giants as they battled the St. Louis Cardinals.
At this stage in the offseason, the fact they threw out the first pitch is one thing, but I want Steelers fans to say who did it better.
Let’s take a look at both pitches, and break it down. As they say, “The eye is the sky doesn’t lie.”
First, let’s take a look at Zach Banner’s pitch at PNC Park. This video courtesy of Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports:
Zach Banner throws out the first pitch. He’s jusssssst a bit outside pic.twitter.com/xlog1Xii3W— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) July 5, 2021
Next, Najee Harris at Oracle Park. But before we get to Harris’ pitch, it is worth noting he has had some experience doing this before. After all, just about a month ago he was throwing out the first pitch at a Pirates game. Forget? Check the link below...
The video below is courtesy of NBCS:
NFL running back and Bay Area native Najee Harris threw out the first pitch pic.twitter.com/EUohpPT0Dp— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 5, 2021
When breaking it down, Banner clearly doesn’t have the experience and practice throwing a baseball, but Harris doesn’t exactly look comfortable throwing a baseball either. Based on position, Harris should have the upper hand in this scenario.
Clearly, this is all just for fun, but who do you think did it better? Let us know by voting in the poll below, and feel free to critique the pitches in the comment section below! Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.
Who had the better first pitch?
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