He was wearing a black and white pin-striped Charlotte Knights jersey and a black baseball cap, but he was still pure Cam Newton.
The Panthers star quarterback was on hand for the Knights final home game Friday night at BB&T Ballpark to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. And Cam was a ham.
He leaned in from the mound to get a sign, went into a bit of a wind-up, and then lolly-popped a pitch – definitely offspeed, but close enough to say it was a strike – to his catcher Justin Sellers, a shortstop for the Knights.
“I just tried to go out there and put my Bo Jackson-esque talents on display,” Newton said afterward, with a straight face.
Newton played some Little League baseball, mostly first base, but gave up the sport by high school at Westlake in Atlanta. Friday was his first ceremonial first pitch and a rare chance to come to a Knights game.
“I come past the ballpark so many times. I’ve seen the packed house and I see the crowd’s response,” Newton said. “So obviously they’re doing great.
“I pass it each and every day going to work.”
Friday was Newton’s first visit to BB&T Ballpark since hosting a charity kickball tournament “Kick it with Cam” for his foundation on June 12. The tournament featured the real Bo Jackson, Randy Moss and Kemba Walker, among others.