Victor Wembanyama Throws First Pitch at Yankee Stadium Ahead of 2023 NBA Draft: Video

Victor Wembanyama Throws First Pitch at Yankee Stadium Ahead of 2023 NBA Draft: Video

Joel Reyes
June 21, 2023 at 2:10 AM
  • Victor Wembanyama threw the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday
  • He is currently in New York in preparation for Thursday’s NBA Draft
  • The French star is projected to be selected first overall by the San Antonio Spurs

Is Victor Wembanyama thinking about a career change?

The highly touted NBA prospect threw the ceremonial first pitch in the New York Yankees' game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

He is in the Big Apple for the 2023 NBA Draft, which will occur this Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Victor Wembanyama prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 17, 2023 in New York City. Image: Jamie Squire
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Wembanyama was a sight to behold for Yankee fans in attendance.

There he was on the mound, with his tall 7-foot-4 frame and an incredible 8-foot wingspan.

Wemby misses the strike zone

It would be wise for the teen phenom to stick with basketball, though, as his first pitch was awful.

He pulled his pitch a bit outside to the left and into the dirt, per Yahoo! Sports.

What caught the fans’ attention, though, was how the 19-year-old held the baseball with ease.

His hands were so huge that the baseballs looked more like golf balls when he held them.

Wembanyama hits the Big Apple

Wembanyama got a taste of New York City on Tuesday. He rode the subway from Manhattan to the Bronx to get to Yankee Stadium.

Fans were shocked to see the likely No. 1 pick in this year’s Draft ride the train alongside media people and photographers.

He was the center of attention, with Wembanyama wearing a throwback Joe DiMaggio jersey on his way to the Bronx Bombers’ home stadium.

The teen phenom shook hands with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and posed for a photo with Yanks catcher Jose Trevino as they wrapped batting practice.

Wembanyama enjoyed his time in New York and the ballpark, telling YES Network:

“[Yankee Stadium] looks great, especially the location in the city. I came here with the subway, with the train. It was a really nice experience.”

Fans swarm Wemby at airport

Sports Brief recently reported on Wembanyama's arrival in the United States.

His plane touched down at Newark International Airport on Monday.

He was mobbed by fans, who waited for him at the airport just outside New York City.

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