PHOTOS: Watt pitch kicks off MLB season
It wasn’t a strike, but it was fast. Near 75 mph, rumor has it.
Texans defensive end
Watt had been practicing for the moment for a few days, throwing a bullpen session Wednesday. He also participated in the Astros’ batting practice on Friday, hitting a home run deep into the seats beyond the left-field fence.
Started out rusty, found my groove near the end. Thanks to the @astros for having me out at batting practice today.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 29, 2013
On Sunday at Minute Maid Park, Watt walked out to a roaring, sellout crowd that erupted when he changed into a customized orange Astros jersey and approached the mound.
Watt did a full warm-up down the first base line before throwing the first pitch – unconventional for ceremonial tossers, standard for the notoriously hard-working perfectionist that is Watt. For the main event, he threw a heater that was rather low and outside but carried some major velocity.
Watt has expressed his support for all Houston sports franchises and even wore a Craig Biggio jersey to a Texans press conference in January when the Astros legend was up for induction into the baseball Hall of Fame.
“That’s what I love about this city; everybody intermingles, everybody comes together,” Watt said Friday after batting practice via Astros.com. “Rockets, Astros, Texans, Dynamo, whatever it is, we all come together, and that’s what’s so much fun about this city.”
Cannot express enough how much appreciation I have for the unbelievable amount of love the state of Texas has shown me. Best fans out there.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 1, 2013