Two of the sporting world's youngest hot shots struck a pose in the visitor's dugout in Arlington Sunday night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last season's Heisman Trophy winner, took a moment to add another cool moment to his star-studded off-season check list. Manziel got a chance to catch up with Anaheim Angels outfielder Mike Trout, last year's American League Rookie of the Year. Any time you get two of sports's brightest young stars in the same spot is a cool moment.
Manziel was on hand for the Texas Rangers home game against division rival Anaheim (with former Ranger Josh Hamilton returning to the ballpark this weekend) to toss out the game's ceremonial first pitch. Prior to the game Manziel also got a tour of the home team's club house, and posed for a couple of photos with Rangers players and more...
As for the pitch itself, we're going to give the Aggies quarterbnack credit from doing the throw from the top of the mound. Many are intimidated by the thought of bouncing a ball before home plate, but not Johnny Football of course. But the throw was a bit high and would have clearly been called a ball. Insert throwing motion jokes here if you choose. You can watch the video here.
It should be noted though that despite meeting Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Manziel also told reporters that he still wants to meet Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and a future Hall of Famer.
Johnny Manziel, wearing No. 2 growing up, says he wants to meet his idol, Derek Jeter one day #Yankees, after meeting Nolan Ryan and Pudge— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 8, 2013
The Yankees visit the Rangers July 22-25. The good news for Manziel is SEC football media days are held the week prior, so he should be available. That epic meeting will undoubtedly happen before the summer is over. Just wait for it.