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Grizzlies Ja Morant attends Memphis Redbirds baseball game for ceremonial first pitch

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies threw the ceremonial first pitch during a Memphis Redbirds baseball game.

Per David Cobb of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Morant’s ceremonial first pitch on Thursday was a 70 mile per hour near-strike, according to the Redbirds’ pitcher Austin Warner who served as the catcher. Morant, the second overall pick by the Grizzlies, gave his pitch a grade of ‘B’. In addition, Morant shared what was going through his mind before throwing the ball:

“If you notice when I play, I try to make passes on the money,” Morant said. “Kind of just tried to use that and was able to come out with a good pitch.”

“Somebody would have swung at that,” he said as he stepped off the field.

Apart from taking part in the Redbirds’ game, Morant also spent the evening with 25 children from a local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club by taking them on a shopping spree. The activities were a sort of welcoming for Morant, who’s expected to bring the city’s basketball team to greater heights. And he appreciates the city’s efforts in embracing him with open arms.

“I will give Memphis the credit for that, for allowing me to be comfortable,” Morant said. “Took me in as family since day one. With the kids, that was just an opportunity to give back. Tonight (at AutoZone Park) was just a night for me to really have fun and enjoy myself. I was excited.”

Ja Morant can indeed be tagged as part of the Memphis family. The baseball game may be just one of a spate of public activities that he’ll take part in.