Giannis Antetokounmpo takes swings with Yankees

By Alexis Mansanarez 16 July 2019 655
Giannis Antetokounmpo takes swings with Yankees

After Giannis Antetokounmpo's 2018-19 season was capped off with a first — winning the MVP award — the Bucks star completed yet another first in a completely different sport.

Antetokounmpo had never before touched a baseball, but that changed Monday at Yankee Stadium.

"It was really heavy," Antetokounmpo told The Associated Press. "I thought it would be lighter."

The 6-foot-11 forward towered over the Yankees' players as he got to see the field and also take a few swings in the batting cage. It took a few tries at first. Antetokounmpo swung and missed and barely made contact on his next few attempts, but then he finally hit the ball off the tee, which caused the players who were watching to cheer.

"I would be a terrible baseball player," Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo, who was in town with his brothers prompting his new signature shoe, also watched the team's batting practice as New York prepared to host Tampa Bay later that evening.

He was impressed with the power the players had at the plate.

"I saw Aaron Judge hitting the ball into the stands," Antetokounmpo said. "That's amazing. You've got to be really strong to do that."

 

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