The Seattle Seahawks nearly made it to the Super Bowl last season before being stopped by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC divisional Round, but that hasn’t depressed fans into thinking that was their best shot. In fact the team has gotten much better this offseason and they’re all being led by Russell Wilson, one of the NFL’s fastest rising stars.
So it’s no surprise that Wilson’s first-pitch at the Seattle Mariners game last week is becoming the next great Seattle legend. As the story goes, Wilson took the mound before the Mariners game and fired off a 98-MPH first pitch. Fans everywhere in Seattle will swear the ball stopped short of catching fire as it traveled from Wilson’s hand to home plate, but Nick Schwartz from USA Today points out that fans in the Emerald City may be getting a bit ahead of themselves.
Wilson’s pitch was clocked at 98 miles per hour on the big screen at Safeco Field. This may be a bit of an embellishment — during a replay the Mariners broadcasters said the pitch passed the plate at 75 miles per hour.
You have to hand to both the Seattle Mariners, the Seahawks and fans in the area for making this a big deal because Wilson has become a folk hero in the Pacific Northwest and this 98-MPH pitch legend is no different that the possibly exaggerated fishing stories told all over the region. Seattle fans finally have something to be excited about so you can’t blame them for enjoying something that may end up falling into the history of recent Seattle sports disappointments.