Marcus Smart has seemingly done it all this summer. Playing in Orlando Summer League. Playing with the US Select Team in Las Vegas. Now he can add another impressive item to his resume. First pitch honors at Fenway Park.
The no. 6 overall draft pick got the call from the bullpen to take in the honors during Saturday night’s game at Fenway Park. Our buddy Jimmy Toscano from CSNNE.com was on the scene and gave us a full rundown of the evening.
Smart and Patriots rookie Dominique Easley threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday night’s game between the Red Sox and Houston Astros.
Smart fired the pitch in without a problem, but chances are he’s going to stick to his current day job.
“I used to play [baseball] just to play,” Smart told CSNNE.com while sitting in the Red Sox dugout. “I was a baseball fan when I was little growing up, but obviously as you grow older, things change. I still like baseball, I still watch it, I’m just not a diehard fan.”
This was his first trip to Fenway Park, and one of the only real landmarks he’s seen in Boston so far.
“First time. This is incredible,’ Smart said. “First time, there’s nothing like it.”
Smart also talked about his experience playing with the US Select Team with Toscano:
“That was incredible,” Smart said of playing with the team. “Obviously it was sad what happened with Paul [George] definitely. But I had a great time out there. It was my third year with those guys, second time doing the Select Team. It’s fun. You got to go up against the premiere players in this league and get some experience. It just builds our confidence level.”
Smart drew rave reviews from people who watched the practices and scrimmages, and by all accounts more than held his own out there. He will go into his rookie season with a little more experience under his belt than what most rookies have.
“It gives you an advantage of you know what to expect coming into the season,” Smart said. “How to play, how those guys want to play, and you kind of get used to playing against those guys and getting ready for what they’re gonna do on the court.”
You can check out the full piece at CSNNE.com