Cris Carter had no problem toeing the rubber on the pitchers mound at Great American Ball Park Monday night for the ceremonial first pitch. He took a big wind up, complete with leg kick, and threw a strike with some breaking action to older brother Butch behind the plate.
I didnt practice. Dusty Baker and (players) told me to throw some underneath but I didnt practice at all, said Cris Carter. It dont require that much to throw a baseball down to home plate.
Watching some attempts at the pre-game ritual ahem, Honorable Mayor Mark Mallory and those of us not headed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August realize thats not always the case.
Performing on the athletic field was never an issue for Cris Carter. Not when he was at Middletown High School. Not when he was at Ohio State. Not when he was in the NFL. His personal demons including drug and alcohol addictions that forced the Philadelphia Eagles to release him after the 1989 season have not always been so easy.