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James Harden throws out first pitch at Astros game, doesn’t humiliate himself (video)

In something that is becoming more and more of a shocking irregularity, a professional athlete who earns his millions in another sport took a stab at the risky ceremonial first pitch before an MLB game and managed not to humiliate himself.

Houston Rockets scoring machine James Harden made an appearance at Minute Maid Park on Sunday to take part in the pregame festivities that are often rife with the risk of utter embarrassment. And despite the pressure, Harden did an admirable job of tossing a baseball from mound to plate before the Houston Astros hosted the Detroit Tigers. Let’s just say he fared far better at making the ceremonial first pitch than foray into the world of soul singing, which really isn’t saying much, as “Harden Soul” so painfully illustrates.

Not only that — and more of a damning indictment of his skills as an NBA superstar given the barely adequate pitching performance — he was better on the mound on Sunday than he is at any time on the court while halfheartedly trying to resemble a barely competent defensive presence.

Despite his relative success in executing a semi-athletic action surprisingly fraught with the potential for humiliation, it should be noted that despite a decent pitch, his form was somewhat suspect. A little awkward and herky-jerky, but the proof is in the pudding, right?

Also worth noting: Harden was wearing jorts. Seriously, dude, come on. An egregious fashion faux paus, to put it mildly.

But hey, at least Harden took the time to spend a little time with Orbit, the Astros mascot, who just so happened to be celebration his (or its) birthday.

That’s nice.

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