After taking the underground from Manhattan to the Bronx to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before to the Yankees’ game against the Mariners on Tuesday, Victor Wembanyama had the whole Yankee Stadium experience.
The San Antonio Spurs’ anticipated first-round choice in the NBA Draught on Thursday is the next destination.
The 7-foot-4 French youngster, referred to as “Wemby,” shook hands with general manager Brian Cashman and posed for a picture with catcher Jose Trevino as the Yankees finished batting practise. He was wearing a retro Joe DiMaggio jersey.
While other Mariners watched, he briefly swing a bat, and the baseball in his enormous glove appeared more like a ping-pong ball.
According to Wembanyama, “[Yankee Stadium] looks great, especially the location in the city,” he told the YES Network. “I took the train and the tube here. It was a really pleasant experience.
Wembanyama, one of the most highly anticipated basketball talents in recent memory, attracted some admiring glances from his fellow straphangers. Aaron Boone, the manager, reacted incredulously as he bounced his throw past Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt and blasted a souvenir into the stands with great velocity.
Schmidt said, “Obviously, he made it an intriguing one. “When I inquired about his baseball experience, he responded, “No, this is my first time handling a baseball. I imagine throwing a baseball is challenging, particularly if you have large hands. He said that New York was quite similar to the movies when I inquired about how he enjoyed it. I said, “I concur with you.”
Wembanyama averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for Metropolitans 92 in France’s LNB Pro A last season, earning plaudits from none less a figure than LeBron James, who called the 19-year-old a “alien” for his extraordinary skill.