NYCFC star man David Villa knows a thing or two about the pitch at Yankee Stadium. But what does he know about pitching?
Luckily, thanks to some timely pointers from CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius, el Guaje took to the mound Wednesday night in pinstripes with his famous number seven on the back — Mickey Mantle’s retired number, no less — and acquitted himself the way a man of his exploits really ought, tossing out a serviceable ceremonial first pitch ahead of the Yankees’ tilt against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Bronx Bombers rode the big bats of Aaron Judge and Matt Holliday on their way to a 8-6 victory on the night. (Never bunt, hit dingers.)
The timing of the event was likely not a coincidence— just hours earlier, New York City FC announced that Villa had signed a one-year contract extension to keep him in the South Bronx through the end of 2018.
We don’t know if the NYCFC captain has a future in baseball after his soccering days are done, but as it stands, they may have to chisel this guy a bust at Monument Park.