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Video: Phil Mickelson Takes Batting Practice at Fenway Park

Phil Mickelson is one of many golfers playing the Deutsche Bank Championship this weekend. The tournament takes place in Norton, Mass. not too far from Fenway Park. Mickelson decided to pop on over to the ballpark Thursday night and took batting practice before the game. Let’s just say it’s a good thing his golf swing brings in the millions:

Not the prettiest of swings, but at least he got some distance on it. Larry Fitzgerald could take a cue.

Tampa Bay Lightning Players Take Batting Practice with Rays (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays and extremely friendly to fellow members of the sports community. During spring training, manager Joe Maddon let Buccaneers football coach Raheem Morris manage a game. On Thursday, he let some Tampa Bay Lightning players take batting practice with the team. While nobody embarrassed themselves like Larry Fitzgerald, they also didn’t exactly show the power of Tim Tebow.

Check out this video of Teddy Purcell, Steven Stamkos, and goalie Mike Smith taking BP at the Trop:

Stamkos’ swing wasn’t that bad, so it’s no surprise to learn he played ball growing up. The video didn’t show it, but Smith bombed one out on his last shot and took a jog around the bases. The shock is that Smith hit a home run despite never playing baseball (he had only played softball).

Video courtesy of The St. Petersburg Times

Larry Fitzgerald Batting Practice Video: He Should Stick to Football

We hear so much about guys like Drew Brees killing it in celebrity softball games and others like Tim Tebow, Sidney Crosby, and Bryan Buluga mashing during batting practice that we tend to forget not all athletes have perfected every sport.  Going pro in one sport doesn’t necessarily mean you can hold your own in another, and Larry Fitzgerald recently became walking proof of that.  Have a look at the Larry Fitzgerald batting practice video, courtesy of SBNationArizona:

That is one ugly swing. Scratch baseball off the list of things Fitzy can do during an NFL lockout next season.  “I struck out about seven, eight times out there,” Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic after the poor display. “It was embarrassing. This is definitely a gift I don’t possess.”

Sidney Crosby Can Mash Too?

I was incredibly impressed by Tim Tebow who hit 12 out of 15 pitches he saw for home runs during a random batting practice session in May. I was equally surprised by the stellar display we heard Packers first-round pick Bryan Bulaga put on at Brewers BP a week later. The most impressive of the bunch though may have been Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby and some other Penguins visited PNC Park in Pittsburgh for a batting practice session and Sid the Kid showed he may have a career in baseball if something ever goes wrong in the NHL. Batting lefty, Crosby crushed a ball that appeared to leave the entire park. It was incredible. Here’s the Sidney Crosby batting practice video:

He says he played until he was 13 but it looks like he has much more experience than that. Minus the little hitch where he drops his hands down in his swing, I think he could be a productive ballplayer if he dedicated himself to it.

Video Credit: Penguins Official Site

Bryan Bulaga Kills it in Brewers BP

Last week it was Tim Tebow stealing headlines by putting on a show during batting practice for a local Memphis high school. Tebow impressed us by hitting 12 of 15 pitches out of the park — not too shabby for a football player. Well if we thought that was impressive, Packers first-round pick, Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga showed us true power on Saturday.

Bulaga was an invited guest at the Brewers game and took batting practice with the team prior to the game. The Wisconsin State Journal says Bulaga took about 50 cuts and blasted 14 out of the park. Not to knock Tebow’s incredible accomplishment, but to note a difference, we know that Bulaga used a wood bat and hit it out of a major league ballpark.

Miller Park goes 344 to left field and 371 to left center, so Bulaga obviously has some pop. Of course, he does have over 300 pounds behind him so some power should be expected. Still, that’s darn impressive. Now if only he can make as good of an impact with the Packers he’ll be set.

Sources:
Packers’ Bulaga shows he can hit the long ball [Wisconsin State Journal]
Bryan Bulaga launches bombs at Brewers’ B.P. [Pro Football Talk]

Tim Tebow Can Mash Too?

Even though most of the top athletes in the country are multi-talented, they mostly concentrate on one sport these days. Gone are the times of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson where a guy would pick up his bat and glove down one day and strap on the pads the next. Clemson quarterback and slugger Kyle Parker could follow in their footsteps but he’ll probably end up playing professional baseball and giving up football. The point is that even though many of these athletes are well-rounded, we only know about one side of them for the most part. That’s why it was so spectacular to see Saints quarterback Drew Brees belt home runs in a charity softball game; we just don’t get treated to the other side very often. Well apparently football hero Tim Tebow has a baseball side too.

Tim Tebow has been in Memphis trying to train for his upcoming football season. He’s been working out at a local Memphis high school to avoid drawing huge crowds and he even took batting practice with the Memphis University School baseball team one day. How did he do? Well the Memphis Commercial Appeal says Tebow hit 12 of the 15 pitches out. Wow. I figured Tebow would have good power at the plate, but to have the coordination to drop 12 of 15 bombs without even playing regularly? That’s impressive. I don’t think Tebow will be a successful NFL quarterback but I have plenty more respect for him as an athlete now.

Sources:
Tim Tebow brings magic to Memphis [Memphis Commercial Appeal]
Tim Tebow puts on a show in batting practice … like, for real [Hardball Talk]