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Watch: McEnroe Hurls Heat


John McEnroe is a die-hard New York Mets fan.

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Watch the former world No. 1 emerge as king of the hill throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mets hosted dreaded crosstown rival Yankees on Monday night.

Channeling iconic lefty Mets relievers Tug McGraw, Jesse Orosco and John Franco, McEnroe hurls the heat firing a perfect strike.


 

Too bad John McEnroe just missed the deadline. That pitch wasn't too shabby.

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McEnroe took the mound wearing No. 31 in tribute to Mets Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, whose number 31 was retired by the team last weekend.

Note how McEnroe, who favors the slightly wider stance for a sharper angle when serving on the deuce side, shrewdly adopts a similar position on the mound: He toes the right side of the rubber to work the outside corner of the plate.

The McEnroe family have become honorary members of the Mets staff.

Patrick McEnroe didn't exactly evoke memories of New York Mets pitching legends Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the National League champion Mets at Citi Field in June.

Patrick's toss prompted Hall of Famer and New York City resident Billie Jean King offer up her brother, Randy, who pitched for the San Francisco Giants, as a potential pitching coach or even Mr. Met himself.






Compare Patrick's toss to John McEnroe's first pitch prior to the 2015 US Open.




Photo credit: New York Mets

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