Jason Kidd Throws Out 1st Pitch at New Yankee Stadium
BRONX, N.Y.—Wednesday at New Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd – accompanied by son Chance – threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the second game of a doubleheader between the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kidd, who warmed up with Nets athletic trainer Tim Walsh after watching the morning's predraft workout, confidently tossed his pitch into the glove of Yankee catcher Austin Romine.
Prior to taking the mound, Kidd chatted with Yankee starters C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, as well as closer Mariano Rivera, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman. Though this marked his first trip to New Yankee Stadium, Kidd had thrown out a first pitch at the team's previous ballpark upon first being traded to the Nets in 2001. Additionally, the 40-year-old had a baseball background to draw upon, having played centerfield and factored baseball into his college recruiting as a basketball phenom; though Kidd was advised not to take the risk and play for the University of California baseball team, he worked out with them regularly.
"That was a big part of my recruiting to go to Cal," Kidd said. "They knew I loved to play baseball. I don't know if I was good enough to make the team, but I worked out with the guys and it was a lot of fun."
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