March to Soccer diary: First pitch fun with Graham Zusi

Nothing like a little pitch and catch after a tough training session.

Yesterday we kicked it with the Crew for a little bit, and today we met up with Graham Zusi and Sporting KC for a special outing for the native for the native Floridian.

The Atlanta Braves hold their Spring Training here each season and today they took on the reigning American League champion Detroit Tigers.

The man chosen to throw out the first pitch? None other than Mr. Zusi. After the kid lit up practice with his feet, Zusi (along with Benny Feilhaber, Chance Myers and C.J. Sapong) busted out the leather to get the arm loose before he took the mound at Champions Stadium. Here's about how serious we got:

Finally, it was time to hop in the golf cart, get showered up and prepare for The Biggest Moment Of Graham Zusi's Adult Life a couple hundred yards away. We entered the stadium, walked down the tunnel, waited, then waited some more, talked about the Sandlot for a while before they called Zusi's name. The only real disappointment was that we didn't get any 'Enter Sandman' over the PA.

Oh, and as for the pitch itself? Well, at least he didn't hang it.

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