Most hitters in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game see pitching that would be right at home in your local beer league.
That wasn’t good enough for Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings running back took part in the annual event Sunday night at Target Field, and when he stepped into the box against former U.S. Olympian Jennie Finch, he asked her to bring the heat.
“I said, ‘Don’t take it easy on me. I want you to come with a fastball,'” Peterson said, via ESPN.com. “She said, ‘What else?’ I said, ‘Changeup.’ Initially, I thought she was going to continue to throw them underhand, but she saw I was serious.”
“He kept saying, ‘You’ve got to bring it. You’ve got to bring it,'” Finch added. “So, I brought it.”
Here was the result:
As you can tell, Peterson isn’t exactly a baseball savant — he said he hasn’t played the game competitively in 15 years. His valiant attempt was one of the highlights of the game, though, and produced arguably the best photo of the night.
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Swinging the bat wasn’t the only aspect of the game Peterson struggled with. It appears he had a rough go of it in the field, too.
At least that whole football thing seems to be going OK for him.
Photo via USA Today Sports Images