Hall of Famer Chris Mullin threw the first pitch at Citi Field to officially begin the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets on September 2nd. Even though baseball isn’t his sport, he was happy to be able to participate in the game that housed around 23,000 fans that night and take part in a little bit of MLB history. This was also a great way to integrate to teams who play out of the city of Queens, New York, as many of the Mets fans would be able to see Mullin in action with his Red Storm on the university campus courts nearby.
The five-time NBA All-Star got his start in the sport when he played for St. John’s University from 1981-1985 as a shooting guard. He entered the 1985 NBA Draft and was selected as a 7th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors with whom he played for over the following 12 years. Afterwards he did a three year term with the Indiana Pacers, and then returned to San Francisco for one last year with the Warriors before retiring in 2001. As of 2015 he was hired to be the head coach for St. John’s basketball team and it will be a fun experience to see what he can teach this year’s squad.
The 1985 John R. Wooden Award winner threw the first pitch at the Phillies vs Mets game earlier this month at Citi Field. This is a great way to remind everyone to come and see him during basketball season over at the St. John’s campus.
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Watch Chris Mullins Throwing out the first Pitch: