Doug Glanville was selected in the first round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, and played nine seasons (1996-2004) with the Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers. He put together a fine career and was particularly impressive in 1999 for the Phillies, when he was second in the National League in hits (204) and batted .325. He was also a very good outfielder and totaled double-digit outfield assists in three different seasons of his career.
With all of that in mind, it was quite surprising to see him airmail this ceremonial first pitch yesterday before a Cubs-Phillies (fittingly) game at Wrigley Field:
And the reason I put the video on AA is because Glanville currently serves as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He’s actually my favorite baseball analyst on ESPN these days as he’s very baseball smart, well-spoken, and intelligent, which is no surprise considering his Ivy League educational background at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s also then no surprise that he recently published a book titled The Game From Where I Stand, and I highly recommend it for any baseball fan. It’s an absolutely terrific read.