John Wall’s first pitch at Nationals Park proved that he’s really good ... at basketball

John Wall threw out the first pitch before Friday’s game between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. And if you’re wondering how it went, all you need to know is that Wall was talking about redemption immediately afterward.


Oh my goodness. What did I just do? (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

Wall, sporting some extra hair on his chinny-chin-chin, looked up to the part when he strolled to the mound to throw out the pitch. He waved to the crowd in his personalized curly W Nationals jersey with the No. 2 on the back and front. Wall even had the leg kick and showed proper form as he dropped down to throw the ball. The problem was the release. The ball squirted from his hands, curved left and clipped a few blades of grass before bouncing into the glove of Nationals closer Drew Storen. Storen had to hop from his crouch and leap to recover the ball and Wall covered his mouth with his left hand to hide his laughter.

“We wondered whether a point guard can throw a baseball,” MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter said during the broadcast. “He’s a much better passer between the lines on the hardcourt. Drew Storen made a great play. Stanford bails out Kentucky on that play.”

“That was a bounce pass. That was fine,” F.P. Santangelo shouted in Wall’s defense.

That was horrible,” Carpenter countered.

Wall blamed the awful throw on the nearly hour-long rain delay putting his arm on ice. He also told reporters that he played shortstop until giving it up in high school. He must’ve lost his touch over the past seven years. “That was my All-Star game bounce pass right there,” Wall said, though his connection with Blake Griffin during the Rookie Challenge was much more accurate. “I will come back out and redeem myself sometime soon.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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