Bill Walton is a San Diego icon. A native of La Mesa just a few miles east of town, he went on to conquer college basketball and win two NBA championships and a league MVP award despite significant injuries derailing most of his prime years. We can't be surprised, then, to see the gigantic man at Petco Park to take in some Padres baseball. Unfortunately, he was asked to throw out the first pitch. It did not go well.
Bill is 66 years old and it often looks like parts of his body could fall off at any given time, so I'm tempted to give him a pass here. The Padres felt that way, too, as they gave the legendary center a second chance.
That was not terrible.
Also not to be missed that evening in San Diego: Walton playing bongos with a Grateful Dead cover band.
All in a day's work for the gnarliest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.