Panthers rookie QB Tony Pike threw out the first pitch at last night's Reds-Brewers game, giving him a curtain call back home before he returns to work next week.
Pike compiled a 16-2 record as the starter to help lift the University of Cincinnati to national prominence, after going 21-4 in two years at Cincinnati's Reading High.
Wearing a Reds jersey with his number 16, he tossed in an acceptable pitch, waving to an appreciative crowd as he walked off.
He also dropped by the broadcast booth for an interview with Fox Sports Ohio play-by-play man Thom Brennaman, who does some NFL work on the side.
After declaring Matt Moore "the man," and talking about how he hopes to make the roster, Pike and Brennaman stumbled over themselves trying to recall where Panthers training camp was. After some initial confusion as to whether it was at Winthrop or Wofford, Pike finally offered: "I know it'll be hot."
For the record, the first-place Reds won 6-3, extending Pike's magic touch in his hometown.
(Thanks to Brian Baker/cnati.com for the photo)
— Darin Gantt