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Caron's First Pitch

I didn't see Caron's first pitch at Sunday's Nats game. But others did. All that really needs to be said is, Caron throws like [someone who isn't very good at throwing a baseball], and if you want to substitute a particular noun in place of the bracket, be my guest.

Throwing like a [bracket]. (Nick Wass - AP)

Here's the AP version: "Washington Wizards All-Star Caron Butler threw out the ceremonial first pitch. His toss landed well short of home plate and prompted some boos."

Here's the Wiz Blog version, spinning like mad: "If you saw highlights of this on the news, you probably saw that the pitch came up a little short. The fans in attendance gave the usual reaction after a short pitch, but showered him with love when he came back to the stands." (My itals. Great job by the Wiz blogger.)

And here's Caron's version: "I was trying to avoid y'all because I knew y'all was going to ask me that. I don't know what happened, man. I have no idea what happened.....I don't know, I guess I got nervous when I got up to the mound and everything. I was cool before, I tried to psych myself up, I got the crowd involved and then went out there and just threw a dud. A dud. It was horrible. It's a lot harder [than expected]. I thought I had a good shot. I watch [Randy] Johnson and some of the other tall pitchers, and I go out there and I just threw it at the ground man. It was so short."

Sad. Tragic. Luckily, yesterday, trained WJLA ace reporter Alex Parker showed up at the Verizon Center with a baseball and two gloves, which was a brilliant move. And so we all marched over to the empty Verizon Center floor, where Caron and Alex had a catch, with Caron often dropping the ball and then chasing it around the empty arena floor.

He's a tremendous basketball player, and a great all-around athlete, but even the sorriest kids on my 12-year old Little League team ("The Firemen") could have a better catch. But he has a great enthusiasm for it, and he improved rapidly, and once Alex Parker got down in the catcher's stance, Caron delivered a perfect strike for the cameras. WJLA seems not to have put the footage up on their site, but it was a moment.

Butler was also asked whether his friends and family had a good time with his RFK misadventures.

"They haven't said much," he said. "Because we're supposed to go shopping [today], so nobody's said nothing. They still need me. I guess they'll wait until after the shopping spree and then start talking about it."

[If you want to know his vacation plans, Puerto Rico this month and the Bahamas in August.]

[If you want to know his draft advice for Big Ern, here it is: "Best player. Just get the best player you possibly can get at that time. Sometimes people go for positions or something; I say go for the best player. Pat Riley taught us an important lesson. We didn't need a two guard at the time, but we went for the best player and got Dwyane Wade. Look what he turned out to."

That's why the Wiz will make us all happy by taking Acie Law on Thursday. Can't wait.]

[I can't find any YouTubisms of the throw, but here's the Bike Giveaway.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
Categories:  Nats , Wizards  
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Yeah that throw was a doozy. From the BACK of the mound!

Posted by: Chris in SS | June 26, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yea, I asked Wilbon about Acie Law in the Chat House yesterday. He replies that there's no way Acie falls to 16.

Posted by: Keech | June 26, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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