Blue Jays News: Rex Ryan throws out first pitch at Buffalo Bisons opener
New Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan was on hand to throw out the first pitch of the season for the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rex Ryan is famous for sticking his, or his wife’s, foot in his mouth from time to time, but it’s that kind of swagger and confidence that helped make him a household name while coaching the New York Jets. Now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Ryan is trying to insert himself and that swagger into both the Bills demeanor and the Buffalo sports scene.
He got off to a good start on Thursday, when he was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Buffalo Bisons. Now, we’ve seen some really bad celebrity first pitches over the last couple of seasons, so bear with me if I felt a little skeptical about handing the ball to a guy that holds a clipboard while slowly patrolling the sideline for a living. But then again, we are talking about a minor league park and this first right in with Chewbacca or Darth Vader throwing out the first pitch, so why not?!
That all said, Rex appeared to have been worried about making such an impression as he was seen warming up in the tunnels prior to the start of the game.
Now, that pitch appeared to be a little bit high, but you have to at least admire the form and follow through right?! Certainly encouraging, but how did the actual pitch work out?
Again, Ryan had decent form. Coming from the stretch, and doing so with a full stop so as to avoid a balk call, Ryan delivered a decent first pitch. Not a strike, as the ball went to the right-handed batters box, but at least it got there in the air and Ryan didn’t embarrass himself in the process either.
And no conspiracy theorists, the connection between the Bisons and the Toronto Blue Jays lends no credence to the theories of the Bills moving to Toronto. Rather, this was just a great way for Rex Ryan to put his best foot forward in the Buffalo community. Although, one would have to wonder what it would be like to have a personality like Ryan’s in a Major League dugout! It would certainly be a different demeanor than the current version of John Gibbons
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