From entering the team’s satellite camp in Alabama with his own theme song to playing “Bama Ball” shirtless with his team, new Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has certainly made the news a lot this summer. He will be making it again on Tuesday when he throws out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game.
Harbaugh will be joining James Franklin of Penn State and Urban Meyer of Ohio State as the third Big Ten coach to throw out a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. Harbaugh has some background in baseball and will be able to show off his skills when the Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle talked about Harbaugh’s baseball prowess on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time that Harbaugh has made the news when it come the professional baseball. He served as the first base coach for the Oakland Athletics back in March and did a good job of it too.
When he takes the mound tomorrow, Harbaugh will have to do something spectacular to show up his fellow Big Ten coaches. Franklin has actually thrown two first pitches, once for the Yankees and again for the Phillies. Meyer threw out a first pitch, also for the Yankees, but this was just days after he had an appendectomy.
Here’s to hoping that Harbaugh comes out riding a Phunkee Duck, without shirt on, and throws a 90 mph fastball and gets put in the Tigers’ rotation with Justin Verlander.
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