Two Boston sports heroes joined forces at Fenway this week in the most perfect way possible
Rob Gronkowski threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox on Tuesday night to none other than his “Dunkin’ Paradise” sidekick, David Ortiz.
Fortunately, Gronk proved that he is way better at baseball than singing, and the pair made a kickass combo on the field as Rob took to the mound.
After flashing a cheeky look sideways and sticking his tongue out for the crowd, he then tossed a focused Gronk strike (not spike!) straight down the middle.
Rather than a distraction, his attention-grabbing presence seemed to be a good luck charm for good pal Big Papi, who went on to nail his longest homerun (442 feet) of the season – and help the Sox beat the San Francisco Giants by 4-0.
You’d better watch your back, Gordie Gronkowski Jr., it looks like there’s a new baseball star in the family! Even the Sox were impressed.
Not quite a Gronk spike… But we’ll take it! ????? https://t.co/jnbCpgOgAm
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 19, 2016
We have to admit, we may be a little bias about Rob’s skills, so check out what the game analysts thought of his performance below.
NESN.com, Pat Bradley
The Boston Red Sox might not have made their recent string of trades had they realized they have another secret weapon waiting in the wings. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch to his friend David Ortiz on Tuesday before the Red Sox’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants, and the 6-foot-6 tight end delivered a perfect strike right down the middle.
USAToday.com For the Win, Andrew Joseph
Look at this: He checked the runner, came set, stuck out his tongue and fired a perfect strike. It doesn’t get much better than that. Gronkowski sacrificed speed for accuracy, and that’s really what’s important when it comes to a first pitch.
FoxSports.com, Kerouac Smith
The Boston Red Sox feted Gronk before the game, listing his accolades before sending him to the mound. The good-natured Gronk then hammed it up before tossing a strike down the middle.
ESPN.com, Mike Reiss
Two days after taking the stage with Paul McCartney to help with “Helter Skelter”, Gronkowski threw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday night’s Red Sox game against the San Francisco Giants. Apparently, there was a runner already on base as Gronkowski worked from the stretch and gave a quick glance over to first base before delivering to David Ortiz.
A league source indicated the reading on the radar gun might have been 87.
CBS Sports, Dayn Perry
The New England Patriots’ player of helmeted tackle football Rob Gronkowski, who numbers among the Party People of this nation, was tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Call it a strike! Let’s be charitable and call it a breaking ball! Congrats to Big Papi for making it into a squat position!
Roommates! Return to the crib and eat all the Hot Pockets that Frank Black just bought!
Yardbarker.com, Matt Birch
David Ortiz came in to catch for him, and he didn’t really even need to move, because Gronk threw a perfect strike. Watch how he checked the nonexistent runner at first base and hurled the ball toward home plate.
Watch the MLB’s YouTube video below and judge how you think Gronk did for yourself.