The Arizona Diamondbacks are a game under the .500 mark, 12.5 games out of the division lead and just about out of the running for a wild-card spot in the National League. School has started, the kids need to be in bed by nine, and it's safe to say there aren't a lot of D-Back diehards taking in a Wednesday night contest between the Diamondbacks and the similarly out-of-it San Diego Padres.
So, what better way to bring the fans in than by announcing that Phoenix Suns starting point guard Steve Nash … er, Goran Dragic is going to throw out the first pitch?!?
Dragic, considering he probably had never gripped a baseball nor thrown a sphere so small overhand in his lefty life before Wednesday, did pretty well. A fat one, to be sure, and not a strike; but not bad from 60-feet away.
It's a safe pursuit, this first-pitch nonsense, much safer than the flag football Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo appear to be playing on the UCLA campus. And Dragic — coming off a fantastic year where he posted an 18 Player Efficiency Rating at just 25 years of age — is worth getting giddy over if you're a Suns fan. He's improved in huge gallops since Phoenix strangely traded him for Aaron Brooks two years ago, and while he won't help anyone forget Steve Nash, he'll run a fantastic show with center Marcin Gortat.
He'll also probably want to play pepper during the downtime within Suns practices, though. No pepper, Goran. No pepper.
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