April 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Prior to today's game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Stafford grew up in Dallas and played baseball for Highland Park High School. He was a catcher and played with current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw before giving up baseball to concentrate on football. Obviously, that was a good decision both for Stafford and the Lions.
According to Jason Beck, Stafford threw a strike on his ceremonial first pitch. I suppose that shouldn't be a huge surprise considering how good of an arm he has on the football field. I mean, he did throw for more than 5,000 yards last season, and considering he is a quarterback, throwing a baseball accurately probably isn't all that difficult for him.
Click here to see a picture of Stafford with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.