With the clocks turning forward an hour and the sun shining brighter later into the evening, spring is on the horizon as many look forward to turning in their winter jackets and scarfs for sandals and ball caps.
While the NFL is shifting focus to the 20th anniversary of the free agent signing period, baseball season is swinging into full gear.
Currently, teams have migrated to Arizona and Florida to prepare for the upcoming season in the “warmer” winters that each state provides during this time of year.
NFL.com has released a gallery of various football players and coaches tossing out the honorary first pitch and to no one’s surprise, several Redskins are on it.
Find out who here:
In February, 2012, the Washington Redskins hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris to the staff as the defensive backs coach.
In 2010, Morris had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for fellow Tampa Bay professional franchise, the Rays, against AL East foe the Boston Red Sox.
Judging by is form in this picture, I think it is fair to say that he threw the heater straight down the middle:
In 2o10, former Redskins great and Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Theismann was asked to throw out the first pitch of a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels.
As expected, Theismann had perfect form on his throw and even managed to have a slight smile as well:
This timeless tradition, however, isn’t something new for the Redskins.
In 2010, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall threw out the customary pitch for the hometown Washington Nationals, in a red, white, and blue number 23 jersey against the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta was Hall’s home for his first four professional seasons, and enjoyed a matchup of two of his cities going against each other.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has one of the smoothest throwing motions in the entire league and in July 2012, he was asked to use his arm to throw out a different ball for the first pitch between the West Michigan Whitecaps and Lansing Lugnuts, in his home state of Michigan.
While Cousins threw a perfect pitch right down the middle of the strike zone things have always gone so easy for the Redskins as they step foot on the diamond.
In 2011, Redskins tight end Fred Davis was asked to throw out the first pitch for the MiLB Toledo Mud Hens. Davis, normally on the receiving end of anything being thrown out, had some difficult placing the ball down the middle of the plate. Watch the video of Davis’s wild pitch here.
Redskins ballhawking safety Reed Doughty had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for the Potomac Nationals at Pfitnzer Stadium in Woodbridge, a short drive from Redskins Park.
While it was said that Doughty threw out a perfect pitch from those looking on from behind home plate, it was what was behind Doughty that received all of the attention.
Good luck to all of the Redskins throwing out the baseball this season!
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