May 16, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel before throwing out the first pitch prior to the San Diego Padres game against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
In either a promotional stunt, a desperate ploy, or just a head scratcher, the San Diego Padres spent their 28th round draft selection on former Heisman Trophy Winner and college All-American quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel has admitted that he misses playing baseball, but the closest he’s been to being Major League-ready is throwing out a ceremonial first pitch here and there–including last season in San Diego at Petco Park.
What does this say about anyone else drafted AFTER Manziel? Are these late round selections just going through the motions? Is it to gain some publicity for the players selected around Manziel? Either way, the odds of seeing Johnny Baseball in a Padres’-related uniform is zero and none. Why after all, he gets to earn his REAL living getting pounded by the opponents of the Cleveland Browns until he washes out and leaves town too.