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.
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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.