When Fred Davis was drafted in the second round of the 2008 drafts, one of the things you heard over and over about the USC tight end was that he was “athletic.”
“With his athletic ability and emergence as a receiver, it was not surprising that he was recognized as the best tight end in college football,” NFL.com gushed.
“Fred Davis is extremely athletic,” wrote WarRoomReport.com.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock used the word “athletic” twice in one quote in a USA Today piece on Davis: “He’s an athletic mismatch for a linebacker and can get down the field and challenge safeties. He’s extremely athletic with the ball in his hands after the catch.”
Apparently “pitching a baseball” isn’t one of the skills that qualifies someone as being athletic. Davis threw out the opening pitch at a Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens game, and WTOL-11 sports reporter Jordan Strack can barely contain his amusement in the recap.
“His first pitch? Not pretty,” Strack says. “Threw it past Robbie Weinhardt.” Here’s what the aftermath of that looked like:
In fact, the only person in the package harsher on Davis’ pitching abilities is Davis himself. “I usually catch the ball,” Davis says. “I’m not used to throwing it like that. I give credit to those guys that get on that mound, ’cause that … I embarrassed myself today. I think I did better than three years ago, though. I think I did a lot better.”
“Nice job, Fred,” Strack says from the studio, chuckling as he prepares to go to his next story.
As Davis himself noted, though, the Redskins will be expecting him to catch the ball, not throw it, so the ramifications of this aren’t TOO substantial. Check out the entire video after the jump. Read more »
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