If Kickball Was a Pro Sport, Which Athletes Would Play?
In previous articles, I have opened the discussion into which athletes would participate in the fictional sport of quidditch and the playground favorite sport of dodgeball, should either of the aforementioned sports ever somehow develop a professional league.
With that said, in the third installment of this unusual series, I will name my starting lineup for a kickball team consisting entirely of currently active professional athletes.
Just to make things more interesting, I will only allow myself to choose one athlete from any given sport. Enjoy!
Catcher: Zdeno Chara
At 6'9" and 255 pounds, Chara is pretty much the largest player in the NHL. While hockey doesn't exactly involve the skill of kicking, Chara's legs seem more than strong enough to get the job done. Furthermore, I don't think anyone will want to try running him over at the plate on a play home.
First Base: Sebastian Janikowski
At approximately 250 pounds, Janikowski is by far the most powerful kicker in the NFL. There is little doubt that Sebastian will be kicking in the cleanup spot for this powerful lineup.
Second Base: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Money May" is notorious for having some of the quickest feet in the history of boxing. His swift footwork should allow him to play a very solid second base, while simultaneously giving reason to believe that he can be an offensive force as well. His speed should also make him a potential lead-off kicker.
Shortstop: Georges St. Pierre
GSP is among the most talented and athletic fighters in the UFC today. His athleticism should make him an ideal fit at shortstop, while his solid kicking ability should translate well to kicking a kickball.
Third Base: Dan Carter
For those of you who don't know who Dan Carter is, he is one of the top rugby players in the world today. Known for being an exceptionally well-rounded player, Dan possesses a powerful kick that should certainly translate to the world of kickball.
Left Field: Cristiano Ronaldo
Obviously I couldn't put together a kickball team without including a soccer player! Therefore, I decided to include one of the game's top athletes, Cristiano Renaldo. His powerful striking style should make him a home run kicking force for the team.
Center Field: Torii Hunter
While his kicking may be up in the air, baseball's elite defensive center fielder should be a lock-down defender at kickball's most important position.
Right Field: Lebron James
Basketball's young "King" has the tools and athleticism to be an all around star in right field. His body strength should make him a threat on offense, and his hands are large enough to rocket the ball back into the infield on defense. If he ever strikes out, though, be wary of his people confiscating all forms of the event's evidence.
Pitcher: Wes Malott
Pitching in kickball does kind of resemble the sport of bowling, so why not choose one of the top bowlers in the world to be the team's pitcher? I believe Wes could make a smooth transition from the PBA to the world of professional kickball.