Yep, this is what passes for news on the Thursday of an off-week: Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick threw out the first pitch at the Eastern League All-Star Game Wednesday night.
Before the big moment, wife Delana helpfully advised on Twitter, "Don't baba booey it!" — a reference to Howard Stern Show producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate, who had hands-down the worst first pitch in recorded history. But no, Harvick didn't fling it, he didn't bounce it, he threw it right down the pipe. Yes, he only hit 51 on the radar gun, which is about half the speed of a major league pitcher. But it's not like Harvick has anything to prove to anybody when you're talking speed.
NASCAR drivers have a long history of throwing out first pitches, some with distinction, some less so. Still, it's a bit unfair for other sports to bring drivers in to mock their skills without giving the drivers a chance to, I dunno, do burnouts in the outfield or take an All-Star into the corner at Talladega doing 200. We'll see who's smiling then, Mr. Fancy White Pants, won't we?