Recent Manchester United retiree Gary Neville was in Chicago this week promoting the Red Devils’ up coming summer tour of the United States. It resulted in another ridiculous coming together of baseball and soccer.
Besides smiling, shaking hands, and being lobbed questions about the improvement of soccer in America, the highlight of the trip was Neville throwing out the first pitch at Thursday night’s game between the White Sox and Oakland A’s to promote Man United’s match against the Chicago Fire on July 23.
Not that I would expect Neville to really be a closet Phil Niekro (look it up, kids) on the mound, but can you tell this guy is from England or what? He absolutely rifles the ceremonial first toss over the catcher’s head, resulting in only a mild booing from the south side crowd who was probably still trying to figure out who the goon with the jersey over his jacket was.
Neville threw that thing with such volition it’s almost like he thought that firing the ball off the backstop was actually the object of the entire game. Actually I’m positive that’s how it happened.