Johnny Manziel Nearly Homers in Padres BP, Re-Enacts TD Pass for First Pitch
If becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy weren't enough, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is certainly showing off his athletic prowess this offseason.
The rising sophomore signal-caller for the Aggies—who set the SEC's single-season total offense record last year with 5,116 yards—shot a 79 at Pebble Beach Golf Links located near Monterey, Calif., last week.
But that was just the beginning.
Manziel moved down the coast a bit this week to work on his passing motion with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. He then took a break from training in the ocean—yes, that actually happened—to take batting practice before a San Diego Padres game.
The results were, as expected, spectacular (via Whitfield's Twitter account):
According to CBSSports.com, Manziel didn't actually go yard, but did line a ball off the left field wall.
Impressive either way, but not all that shocking.
Manziel, who played middle infield in high school, told USA Today in April that he misses the game, which was once a big part of his life.
"I miss baseball,'' Manziel said. "If I didn't play football, I'd play baseball.''
He missed it so much, in fact, that it played a big role in his recruitment, according to 247Sports.com.
For now, though, his future looks rather bright on the gridiron. After all, launching home runs at Petco Park isn't a bad hobby to have if you can get it.
Johnny Manziel: Heisman Trophy winner, solid golfer, home run hitter, semi-decent actor.
If Texas A&M fans have their way, he'll add SEC champion to his growing resume before his career in College Station comes to a close.
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