Bucs' Gerald McCoy throws first pitch at Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy took a break from lifting weights and preparing to destroy quarterbacks to take in the Red Sox-Rays game at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night.
McCoy has become a big Rays fan since moving to the Tampa Bay area after being drafted with the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Despite having a 7 a.m. workout on Tuesday, McCoy stayed up for the entire five-and-a-half-hour, 14-inning marathon contest against Boston on Monday.
The 6-foot-4 300-pounder enjoyed a clubhouse tour with Rays skipper Joe Maddon earlier this season. While he was at the Trop, the team invited him to come back and throw out the ceremonial first pitch -- and he wasn't going to pass up their offer.
Catching McCoy's pitch was fellow Oklahoma City, Okla. native Jamey Wright, who ran towards the defensive tackle and jokingly performed a juke-and-spin move. Luckily, McCoy's football instincts didn't kick in, otherwise Wright may have been looking at a DL stint.
First pitch at @raysbaseball game tonight against the sox!! We had practice and a lift today so my arm is already warmed up!! Let's goooo!!!- Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) June 12, 2013
-- Jonathan Gantt / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent