Debate Jon Niese's field-goal-kicking prowess with Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler
Mets pitchers want to know: Can Jon Niese kick a 53-yard field goal?
Let me explain: There were some late-game heroics in the Georgia-Georgia Tech college football matchup Saturday afternoon, as Harrison Butker kicked a 53-yard field goal to send the game to overtime, during which the Yellow Jackets ultimately won.
Naturally, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, a Georgia native, was watching. And he was pretty impressed:
Wooowww 53yrd field goal. That's awesome.- Zack Wheeler (@Wheelerpro45) November 29, 2014
Then Wheeler's rotation mate, Dillon Gee, posited a simple question:
@Wheelerpro45 do you think Niese could make that?- Dillon Gee (@DillonGee35) November 29, 2014
That's Niese as in fellow Mets pitcher Jon Niese, who according to Gee and Wheeler, apparently has quite the confidence -- perhaps questionably so -- in his field-goal-kicking abilities.
@DillonGee35 according to him yes. But no- Zack Wheeler (@Wheelerpro45) November 29, 2014
Even Matt Harvey confirms that Niese would absolutely put his leg against Butker's:
So the question is: Can Niese kick a 53-yard field goal? It wasn't record-setting, but 53 yards is still pretty darn long. Not just anyone, professional athlete or not, could pull it off.
But why stop there -- what about other impressive sports feats? Could Niese serve a tennis ball over 120 mph? Could he sink a basketball from half-court? Could he score a penalty shot against an NHL goalie?
Well, if his non-MLB sports skills are anything like his kick-saving soccer skills, we'll have to give him the benefit of the doubt:
Who knows? Maybe Mets Spring Training will include a field-goal competition.