NFL star J.J. Watt obliterates baseballs during batting practice with Astros
J.J. Watt is a powerful human being. He is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds of wrecking-ball strength. For an example, here is he laying waste to NFL offensive linemen:
So when he snuck in to batting practice at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, it was practically a given that he would send baseballs into low-orbit (after all, he's done this before):
Watt spent the afternoon with the 'Stros ahead of their AL West matchup against the Angels, and both teams couldn't help but stand in awe of Watt's physical presence, which was something like a small moon exerting its gravitational pull on the city of Houston.
"It's not a secret he has a lot of power, you know, so when he squares the ball up pretty good he hits it far," Carlos Correa said. "I think he has a lot of talent for not being a baseball player. He's an athlete and it comes naturally. He's able to swing a bat, he has hand-eye coordination and he was able to hit some balls out of the ballpark. It was fun to watch."
Mike Trout added his own estimation: "He's big. He's a big guy." And when the 6-foot-2, 235-pound reigning American League MVP calls you a "big guy" … yeah.
Watt and Trout pic.twitter.com/IBoq5I4hpa- Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) July 30, 2015
But it was Astros rookie Lance McCullers who probably put it best. When asked how intimidating it must be to play against the defensive end:
"That's why I play baseball," he said. "I don't have worry about it."
Along with demolishing baseballs, Watt was also in Minute Maid Park to meet up with Jose Altuve. He left a note in Altuve's locker, thinking he had missed his chance to visit with him, but the two eventually hooked up.
"He's a great guy and a good friend of mine, and we always text each other," Altuve said. "We have a good relationship. I'm really happy to have him here."