Jason Kidd became head coach of the Brooklyn Nets just days after retiring with two years remaining on his contract with the New York Knicks. As he threw out the first pitch at Wednesday afternoon's New York Yankees game, it seemed that the city had no hard feelings.
Kidd was met with the same smattering of unbridled enthusiasm that any Wednesday afternoon first pitch would be given...so not that much at all.
To be fair, it was a Wednesday, the Yankees were just starting the first half of the day's double-header, and fans were just settling in. At the very least, there were no disgruntled Knicks fans who felt the need to boo (or, weren't very audible about it).
It would seem that most of them are fine with Kidd's departure, especially since he spent his final days with the team on a 10-game scoreless streak.
Kidd jogged onto the mound with his son in tow, sent in a solid strike down to backup catcher Austin Romine that Adam Dunn likely would have swung at and missed, and jogged off quickly.
Unassuming, but effective, just like the final five years of Kidd's playing career.
Hopefully this isn't the last we see of Kidd as a public figure throughout New York. As long as he's being asked to throw out first pitches and do other New York-y things, it generally means that he's held in a positive light publicly.
If those Nets don't play well under the new head coach, then he could be hidden from sight from the people.
A big tip of the hat to Beyondthebuzzer.com for digging up this bad boy.