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New York Giants: Saquon Barkley throws ceremonial first pitch for Yankees (Video)

New York Giants first-round selection Saquon Barkley throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Yankees vs Astros game on Tuesday night.

Saquon Barkley got a taste of what it’s like being a new star in New York on Tuesday night.

The former Penn State Nittany Lion and second overall pick threw the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium in a game against the Houston Astros. Not the worst, but not the best pitch, as it bounced towards the plate.

To say the least, Giants fans are grateful Barkley’s football skills are better than his pitching skills.

However, Barkley was all smiles as he talked to the New York Daily News’ Mike Mazzeo afterward.

“I didn’t want to be on ESPN’s Not Top Ten. It wasn’t a great pitch, but I think I saved myself,” Barkley said.

Saquon, who never grew up playing the game of baseball, was blessed to be a part of the atmosphere. He’s originally from the Bronx, so New York feels like a homecoming for the young professional. “You succeed here, you’re going to be known worldwide,” Barkley said to Mazzeo.

And that’s what Barkley has been prepared for. He realizes any and all eyes are on him. His jersey sales have skyrocketed from the moment he was drafted, topping all first-round selections.

Barkley was also seen taking pictures and hanging out with multiple Yankees before and after the ceremonial pitch.

He contains the attitude, charisma, and personality needed to succeed in New York. Now Giants fans are hoping what he does on a pitchers mound doesn’t translate to the gridiron.

He’s had a great few OTA practices thus far, and many are sure he will be a top contributor to this newly improved Giants offense under head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.