Last night, John McEnroe three out the first pitch at the Mets game. It was amazing. Not in a sarcastic way as these stories usually go--it was legitimately spectacular:
John McEnroe's first pitch at Mets game tonight is one of the best first pitches ever thrown pic.twitter.com/7g2MUzyt92— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 2, 2016
Like Darren Rovell suggested, that was probably the best ceremonial first pitch I've ever seen. Johnny Mac is 57 years old. How the $#!* did he do that? I'm not going to get all Sports Science-y on you (I can't stand that guy), but as a former tennis coach/player I have a couple quick thoughts on the matter:
1. A tennis serve is a fairly similar motion to pitching. Anybody who knows how to serve well is undoubtedly going to be much better than average at throwing a baseball.
2. Tennis is a sport you play your whole life. Obviously McEnroe is retired, but he's still in game shape. He just took the court for a semi-serious exhibition match against a former pro 12 years younger than him two days ago (and won).