Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky didn't want to risk a sack on his first pitch
When one agrees to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game, one takes on a lot of risk. We've seen people bounce the ball to the plate and airmail the throw. We've also seen some pitches that really don't end up anywhere near home plate at all.
When Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw out the first pitch before Friday night's White Sox game, he took on those risks. Yet, there was one risk he found entirely intolerable, no matter how improbable: Getting sacked. So, he brought his entire offensive line to ensure a clean release.
Trubisky looked comfortable in the pocket and delivered an accurate first pitch. If he can get that sort of protection and peace of mind on the football field, the Bears should be set up well to return to the playoffs.
Eric Chesterton is a writer for MLB.com. He is an appreciator of the stolen base, the bunt against the shift and nearly every unconventional uniform design. He eagerly awaits Jamie Moyer's inevitable comeback.