Wild coach Bruce Boudreau showcases pitching skills at Twins game (vid)
Recently hired Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was tabbed with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Thursday’s Minnesota Twins-Toronto Blue Jays game at Target Field. And perhaps most surprisingly, not only did the southpaw Boudreau not embarrass himself, he showcased some serious pitching skills by tossing a pretty impressive backdoor breaking ball.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau throws a backdoor breaking ball for the first pitch at the Twins game pic.twitter.com/UDjuaBujma
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Boudreau admitted himself that his pitch had “a little stuff on it” before pointing out that he played baseball as a youngster in the summer.
“I used to be really thin,” he said, laughing, per the Star Tribune. “I could run and I could throw.”
Boudreau later admitted the pressure involved in throwing a ceremonial first pitch — something that has claimed countless victims, to much hilarity — made for a stressful experience.
“It was more nerve racking than coaching a Game 7,” he said. “When you get out there and you’re walking, the mound looks so far away. I just wanted to get it across the plate. I just didn’t want to bounce it in. I got lucky because I threw it before I started thinking.”
The reference to Game 7s, inadvertent or not, provides for amusing fodder giving Boudreau’s relative futility in said games throughout his coaching career.
Still, to say that Boudreau gave a good accounting of his baseball skills with his first pitch would be something of an understatement.
[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]