Booker tosses successful first pitch, jabs Wall

Booker tosses successful first pitch, jabs Wall
June 13, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Trevor Booker received the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Thursday's Greenville Drive minor league baseball game. The South Carolina native did this before, but there were reasons for nerves.

"I threw out the first pitch at a Clemson game several years ago, but I've seen a couple of bad first pitches since then – 50 Cent, John Wall – so I'm just hoping I can get it to the glove," Booker told the Greenville News.

He's not lying about those, um, attempts. So how did Booker do? Strike.

Let's note Booker's text: "Big thanks to the Greenville Drive for having me tonight. John take notes lol."

Let's also note Wall stood on top of the mound while Booker threw from in front. He also threw his pitch down the middle, not down in the ground like his point guard.

Turns out Booker starred as a baseball player back in his youth. In fact he was named a All-Star in youth league while playing as a left-handed pitcher, first baseman and centerfielder. When shoulder woes popped up around the time he turned 12, Booker set his focus on hoops. Good call. 

The Greenville News story touched on Booker's successful season, his role in the playoff run and his upcoming free agency. "I had a good year and I'm not going to stress about it," said the upcoming future free agent. "I'm just letting what happens happen."

Joining Booker at the game, Olympian, Fairfax native and Bishop O'Connell Alum Kate Ziegler, who was there to promote competitive youth swimming in the area. That and apparently trash talk with Booker.