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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Calvin Johnson Hits Home Run At Comerica Park

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As mentioned earlier, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was at Comerica Park on Friday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Tigers and Pirates. He also took part in batting practice with the Tigers and hit a home run.

Johnson attended the game with his fellow receivers, and Nate Burleson also took part in some batting practice and hit a ball to the warning track. He wasn’t able to send one out like Johnson, but like I said before, it’s no real surprise Johnson was able to go yard. He’s a freakish athlete, and in high school he played baseball and even drew some interest from the Cincinnati Reds.

Repoz Posted: May 19, 2012 at 05:38 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. flournoy Posted: May 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM (#4135625)
Hey, Calvin Johnson is one of about three NFL players who I can name. I lived across the hall from him in my last semester at Tech. Several times as I walked back to my dorm, there were a couple of police officers in the hall knocking on his door (don't know whether they were looking for him or one of his roommates, who I think were also on the football team), and they'd accost me as I approached them, "Do you live in here?" "No." "Do you know where they are?" "Uh, no, sorry, can't help you... 'scuse me..." (And I'd duck into my dorm.) It was very weird. The officers would keep knocking, like a child who keeps asking the same question over and over expecting the answer to change. Hey, if they didn't answer the door in the first ten minutes, they probably won't answer if you continue to knock politely.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: May 19, 2012 at 06:21 AM (#4135630)
Gotta be the roi ...

oops, sorry, NFL player, roid-free by definition.
   3. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: May 19, 2012 at 07:41 AM (#4135637)
My dad remembers Gordie Howe hitting batting-practice homers at Tiger Stadium. (Howe actually played semi-pro ball in Saskatchewan in the summer before the Red Wings told him to cut it out.)
   4. bfan Posted: May 19, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4135644)
Phenomenal athlete; he could be a 3 in the NBA, with a year's worth of preparation.
   5. booond Posted: May 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4135696)
Phenomenal athlete; he could be a 3 in the NBA, with a year's worth of preparation.


Terrell Owens says hello.
   6. madvillain Posted: May 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4135765)
Terrell Owens says hello.


I think the analogy here is Randy Moss 2.0, not Owens. Owens was never a burner -- big, quick and strong yes, but not a 4.4 take it to the house type. That's Calvin. Calvin is Moss, except about 20 lbs heavier and just as fast.

Calvin is sorta the Lebron of football or the Kevin Durant. Guys that big and tall shouldn't be that fast and able to move so quickly in space.

Anyways, Calvin was drafted by the Reds straight out of HS, so guy can play a little bit. Watching him swing here he has easy power, you can see what the scouts saw in him.
   7. booond Posted: May 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4135773)
My point was about Calvin dropping everything and becoming an NBA player in a year. Owens attempted basketball at a higher level and despite being a real player, not an athlete, he wasn't of NBA skill level.

Johnson is more a faster Owens. He's not in the same speed zone as Randy in is prime.
   8. Xander Posted: May 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4135774)
To his credit, Terrell Owens does take over the NBA Celebrity games.
   9. BWV 1129 Posted: May 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4135780)
Unfortunately, this homer was overturned as Megatron did not control the ball as it went to the ground.
   10. zachtoma Posted: May 19, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4135839)
Watching him swing here he has easy power, you can see what the scouts saw in him.


Yeah, maybe more impressive than the home run was the swing before, when he hit it out to dead center and it hit the wall on a bounce (it looked like). That's 420' out there.
   11. MM1f Posted: May 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4135980)
Watching him swing here he has easy power, you can see what the scouts saw in him.


That easy swing is what impressed me. I was expecting him to take some giant, comical, home-run derby swing and muscle it out. I was shocked to see that he was taking very easy cuts, looking like an actual MLBer taking BP not a NFLer having fun, and still managed to knock one out.
   12. Squash Posted: May 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM (#4136011)
Phenomenal athlete; he could be a 3 in the NBA, with a year's worth of preparation.

He's not big enough. People underestimate how truly huge NBA players are.
   13. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: May 19, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4136018)
6'6", 234 lbs. According to this site he's around the size of an average shooting guard (heavier, but he presumably wouldn't play at that weight in the NBA). Average small forwards are a couple inches taller.
   14. booond Posted: May 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4136021)
People underestimate how truly huge NBA players are.


People underestimate how truly skilled NBA players are. Athleticism helps but so does years of practice, especially at the smaller positions.
   15. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: May 20, 2012 at 07:15 PM (#4136497)
People underestimate how truly skilled NBA players are.

He's automatically the best basketball player in Detroit.

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