ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05: Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with Denard Robinson #16 after Robinson ran for a long first quarter touchdown against the Western Michigan Broncos on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(image via USAT SI)
Before we ridicule the young man for his less-than-stellar efforts of throwing a baseball from the pitcher’s mound, it warrants pointing out that during his career as the quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines, Denard Robinson was much better known for his skills as a runner than his acumen as a passer. Still, the young man is a world-class athlete, in possession of the requisite skill set needed to rise to the top of big-time college football.
Unfortunately for Robinson, the aforementioned athletic skill set was not on display when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Detroit Tigers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays for a Tuesday afternoon matinee at Comerica Park.
Yep, he bounced one in there.
While Robinson looked the part and didn’t attempt to cheat like some do by stepping off the mound for a shorter, closer throw, his willingness to pitch from the rubber did not serve him well, as evidenced below:
While the pitch did not reach the plate, and maybe it’s just the GIF and the angle from where Denard Robinson’s efforts were recorded, but doesn’t it look like he threw one heckuva sinker? The ball appears to take a wicked dive about 10 feet from home plate. If that’s the case, maybe it was not such a pathetic effort. Instead, maybe Robinson just needs to locate his pitches a bit better.
[H/T Eye on College Football]
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