Hey, if it’s good enough for Penn State’s James Franklin (twice, actually) and Urban Meyer of bitter rival Ohio State (in the Big Apple after an appendectomy) this offseason, it’s good enough for the newest and most visible Michigan Man.
Sunday afternoon, mlive.com is reporting, the Detroit Tigers confirmed that Jim Harbaugh will throw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday’s game at Comerica Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The online newspaper writes that “[t]he first-year Michigan coach is an admitted fan, and has shown an interest in the game in his short tenure in Ann Arbor.”
That fandom of the sport of baseball was on full display back in March as Harbaugh served as the first-base coach of the Oakland A’s during a spring training game. The interest in the stick-and-ball game shouldn’t be all that surprising.
In addition to his current sport, Harbaugh played baseball at Palo Alto High School before signing with the football Wolverines. “Harbaugh said he was [a] .400 hitter until he started following [the] teachings of Charlie Lau,” the San Francisco Chronicle‘s John Shea tweeted. “He stopped hitting, turned to football.”
And, on a completely unrelated note, the 2015 FBS season officially kicks off in exactly 67 days…