Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Nets coach Kidd throws out first pitch
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Jason Kidd doesn’t remember if his first ceremonial first pitch, thrown in 2002, was a strike.
Jason Kidd (center) took some advice from CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte before throwing out the first pitch.
His second one most definitely was.
On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Nets coach threw a strike from the top of the Yankee Stadium mound to Yankees catcher Austin Romine.
“There’s a lot of pressure,” Kidd said before throwing the pitch. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Hopefully I don’t bounce it up there.”
Kidd said he warmed up by playing catch with Nets trainer Tim Walsh at the team’s facility, but added the biggest problem was that he wasn’t throwing off a mound.
Before the game, Kidd got the chance to get some pointers from CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. He also chatted briefly with Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman and got to share a laugh with another future Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera.
Kidd played center field in high school and was recruited to play both baseball and basketball at Cal. Obviously, he choose to concentrate solely on basketball. Wise decision.
Kidd said he threw out his first-ever ceremonial first pitch at the old Stadium after the Nets traded for him.
On Wednesday morning, Kidd was at the team’s pre-draft workouts at its East Rutherford, N.J. practice facility. ... Deron Williams and free-agent-to-be Andray Blatche were also at the workout, as was free-agent executive Tony DiLeo. DiLeo was reportedly in the mix for the Denver Nuggets GM job before Denver hired Tim Connelly. He and Billy King are good friends going back to their Sixers days.