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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Colin Kaepernick throws 87-mph first pitch at Giants game (Video)

Colin Kaepernick is just showing off at this point.

As if being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL wasn’t already enough, Kaepernick had to go out and show everyone that he might just be the best baseball player in the league, too.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the San Franciso Giants-Miami Marlins game on Friday and, according to the Giants, his pitch was clocked at 87 mph. Bay Area Sports Guy recorded and posted video of the pitch, which you can see at the top.

Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo caught Kaepernick’s delivery and didn’t even have any gear on despite the fireball unleashed by Kaep. The two later posed for a picture:

Colin Kaepernick Sergio Romo

#RallyKaep in the house #SFGiants #attpark @Kaepernick7

Throwing an 87-mph pitch is already impressive enough, but what’s more impressive is that Kaepernick says Friday was the first time he had picked up a baseball in seven years.

He also said he was trying to hit 90 mph on the radar gun, but his clothes wouldn’t allow it.

Kaepernick was actually a highly-recruited baseball prospect who reportedly was clocked at 94 mph as a pitcher for Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif. He was drafted in the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but he chose to pursue a football career instead. That choice has worked out quite well, but something tells me he would have done just fine had he chosen baseball.

While we’re on the subject of first pitches throw by quarterbacks, make sure you take a look at the embarrassing one thrown by Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. Yikes!

Photo credit: Instagram/SF Giants

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