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C.J. Watson Throws First Pitch, Gets Settled in Indy

by Scott Agness | @ScottAgness

September 6, 2013

C.J. Watson walked down the steps, ready to make an appearance on the playing surface. Only this time, he wasn’t playing in that night’s featured game – he was there for an honorary throw.

The Pacers’ backup point guard was one of four to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday night’s Indianapolis Indians game. The Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, won International League West Division and were playing Durham in the first round of the playoffs.

Watson admitted that he was nervous for his throw before his name was announced over the loudspeaker.

“It was pretty fun,” he said after his throw, which had enough on it but was a tad high. “I was kind of nervous at first, but once I got to the mound – I just tried to get it over the plate.”

The Pacers signed the 6-2, 175-pound point guard to backup George Hill for at least the next two years. With Brooklyn last season, Watson averaged 6.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game backing up three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams.

Watson, 29, has been in Indy for about a week and even toured the city this week on a Segway. Friday, he attended the Indians game. Tomorrow, he’ll be courtside supporting the Fever. Watson has found a place to live and like the rest of the team, is eager to get going.

“I wanted to come out here and show my face, tell the fans that I’m here and ready for a great season,” Watson added.

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