For those of you that didn’t know, I had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros game Sunday, September 13th. I think I shocked many when I not only made it from the mound to the plate without bouncing, but that it was a knuckler straight down the middle. It did flutter a bit, as it should, and landed directly in Lance Berkman’s glove…the lucky Astro that got to catch the infamous Niekro Knuckler. Well, I can’t say I threw it like Dad (or even close for that matter), but I can tell you that I did the Niekro name proud. Just before my pitch, I was introduced and presented with my very own Niekro #36 Astros jersey and a beautiful plaque commemorating The Knuckle Ball…a Pitch for Life. What an honor it is to represent The Joe Niekro Foundation, the Niekro name and the knuckleball heritage.
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