Rockets’ Danuel House to throw ceremonial first pitch in Tuesday’s Astros game
Danuel House Jr. of the Houston Rockets throws the ceremonial first pitch this Tuesday when the Houston Astros face the Detroit Tigers. The native of Houston is honored with the opportunity and hopes not to embarrass himself on the mound.
In the 2018-19 season, House averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 39 games for the Rockets. He shot 41.6-percent from the three-point region and this is seen as one of the reasons why he got a fresh three-year $11.1 million deal, The Athletic reported.
House played for the University of Houston and Texas A&M University in college. In high school, he played for Hilltower.
“This is really special,” House said in a tweet by Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston. “Hopefully I don’t mess up and embarrass any Houstonians. Hopefully, I can get it across the plate. It is a once-in-a-lifetime type of moment.”
House joined James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Rockets at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently for offseason team workouts, USA Today reported. The Rockets training camp officially gets underway late September.
House stepped up for the Rockets last season with the injury to Eric Gordon. He started in 13 games for the Rockets and responded with improved numbers of 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. He hopes to replicate that feat should D’Antoni give him a starting nod.
In the company of big names like Harden and Westbrook, House is fully aware what the Rockets need from him. His ability to hit it from the outside will be critical for the Rockets as they try to rebound from a disappointing 2018-19 season.