COUGHLIN RELIEVED HE DIDN'T BOUNCE PITCH
"Tom Coughlin may not have thrown a strike to Russell
Martin, but the two-time Super Bowl champion coach of the New York
Giants was relieved he didn't bounce the first pitch prior to Saturday's
Yankees-White Sox game at the Stadium.
"It wasn't in the dirt," said
Coughlin, who was asked to throw out the first pitch by his alma mater as part
of Syracuse University day. "It was probably high and inside, but it was close
enough. I might have gotten the call."
Coughlin said. "You figure, here come the New York Yankees and they're waiting
for this old guy to get out of the way with the first pitch, I think you always
say, 'God, I hope I don’t bounce it up there.'"
This is the second time
Coughlin has thrown out the first pitch. He threw a strike to Jorge
Posada -- "a split-finger down the middle," he said -- after the Giants
won the title in 2007.
"When I did this before, (Derek)
Jeter said to me, 'You're getting up on the mound right?'" Coughlin
said. "I said, 'Yeah, I'm getting up on the mound.' And then one of the guys
said, 'Don't bounce it.'
"I said that to John Wooden
one time. I told him about what I was gonna do, and people saying you can't
bounce it. He said, 'I did that one time. I did it with the Angels one time.' I
said, 'How'd you do?' He said, 'I bounced it.'
"And then I said, 'They
wouldn't have booed you.' And he said, 'Yeah, they booed me.'"
played a lot of baseball growing up. He played in high school and then a summer
of American Legion ball following his freshman year at Syracuse.
played a lot of catch, and I got hit with a lot of line drives when he was
growing up. Believe me," said Coughlin, whose son Tim was
captain of the baseball team at Virginia.
The Giants withstood several
injuries to key players en route to capturing the Super Bowl this past season.
So how does Coughlin think the Yankees will fair without CC
Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Mariano
"I think they'll come through this very strong,"
An attempt was made to ask Coughlin about his
quarterback, Eli Manning, being ranked 31st on the NFL
Network's list of the top 100 NFL players.
"I don't know anything about
it," Coughlin said.
And with that, he left reporters to go take in the