Former Arizona Wildcats star Channing Frye is making the most of his new status as a retired professional athlete. For better or worse.
Frye, who retired in April after 14 NBA seasons, was recently in town to host his alma mater’s annual CATSYS student-athlete awards banquet, checking out some of his old haunts along the way. And on Sunday he got a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game, getting a warm welcome from fans who remember his contribution to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA title.
They probably still love him even after he showed off his … fastball:
The throw itself would have been bad enough had Frye not welcomed karma’s influence earlier in the day while ‘breaking down’ some of the worst first pitches in MLB history:
Not surprisingly, friend and former Cavaliers teammate (and fellow ex-Wildcat) Richard Jefferson was quick to pounce on Frye’s errant throw:
Ohhhhhhh don’t even get me started https://t.co/K5sfgmC5qi— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) May 5, 2019
The quick-witted guy that he is, Frye was quick to take to Twitter to explain his ‘pitch’ and also respond to some critics:
"You know what the real story is? I don't know if MLB has sanctioned it, but the BALL WAS GREASED!"— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 5, 2019
Cleveland loves you, Channing! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fAdwidkAEN
Now that’s it’s over! Thanks to the @Indians for having me out! Even though the Jersey was to small and it hindered my ridiculous fast ball i had a great time!— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 5, 2019
Did y’all not get the tornado warning, right after i threw it! https://t.co/jMyTDFnaG7— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 5, 2019
Please get started! My arthritis kicked up in my hands! It’s a epidemic in America! https://t.co/xD7ga72Vfk— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 5, 2019
Tendinitis in the knees kicked in! Way to make fun of the elderly https://t.co/VNW61XRgfq— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 5, 2019
No word on whether Frye’s next post-retirement stop involves ‘Dancing with the Stars’ or something in that vein.