Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hasheem the Draft Dodger

Hasheem Thabeet is likely to be the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft next Thursday night. He's a two-time national defensive player of the year and an All-American. He's also quite skilled at soccer (his father, we're told, was one of the great players in Tanzanian history). Thabeet is a two-sport star.

Baseball, however, is not his game. See for yourself on this YouTube clip where Thabeet and Brandon Jennings throw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game recently. (P.S. -- I apologize for the R-rated rap song playing in the background, but nothing I could do about it. Keep this out of earshot of kids, however).

Thabeet's warm-up throws with Jennings won't make anyone forget Sandy Koufax (or Randy Johnson, if you're looking for someone nearly the same height). And while squatted behind home plate to catch Jennings' first pitch, big Hash won't make anyone forget Roy Campanella or Mike Piazza, either. He gets all Rich Gedman on us and drops the ball!!!

At least Thabeet and Jennings got to pose for pictures with Joe Torre, and seemed to be having a great time. Hash was recently on the Jim Rome Show, as well. He's working out in L.A., but will be in New York for next week's draft.

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