Believe it or not, when it came to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night game against the New York Yankees, defensive end
Avril had just taken in batting practice with teammate
To help calm his nerves before his big moment on the mound in front of 28,434 fans, Avril wanted to get in some warm-up tosses behind the scenes at Safeco Field.
"It's that far?" Avril hollered at Mebane, who had positioned himself 60 feet and six inches - the distance between the pitcher's mound and home plate - down the concourse in the bowels of the stadium. "It didn't look that far when I was out there."
Fellow defensive end
"I'd rate it a 6 (out of 10), it wasn't 50 Cent, though," Avril said, referring to the New York City rapper's not-so-impressive toss at the Mets game in late May. "He's not a good teammate," Avril joked of Bennett. "He didn't give me any tips. A good teammate would have told me throw it a little faster.
"I don't play baseball, though," Avril reminded. "I sack quarterbacks."
And Seahawks fans are perfectly OK with that.