We’ll pause the Johnny Manziel football discussion until late summer. Right now, we need to enjoy the 20-year-old kid putting the good wood on a few four-seamers during a batting practice session at Petco Park in San Diego.
— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) May 17, 2013
Manziel is in California this week, playing some golf (he shot 79 at Pebble Beach), and taking in one-on-one sessions with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. While many haters may cry foul and argue he’s getting some of those dreaded “improper benefits” under NCAA rules, there’s something everyone needs to understand: the Manziel family is not hurting for money.
Now, about this alleged batting practice home run… According to CBS Sports, Johnny Football didn’t really hit a ball out of the yard, but he did mash a line drive off the top of the left field wall while wearing loafers.
It will come as little surprise to learn that Manziel loves baseball. He used to play middle infield in high school, and he had more than a few opportunities to play at the college level. According to the Heisman winner, if he didn’t love football as much as he does, he’d be playing baseball.
The Heisman winner capped the night by tossing the ceremonial first pitch in unique style, reenacting his wild touchdown pass vs. Alabama.