An interesting sight after the Celtics buried the Charlotte Bobcats last night was watching Rasheed Wallace watching Game 1 of the World Series on the bigscreen TV in the Celtics locker room.
Wallace, a lifelong Phillies fan, was commenting on each pitch as if he was in the booth.
The former high school player of the year attended Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia. According to Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com), Wallace was on the basketball and track teams. Last night he told me he played on the baseball team, too.
“I pitched and played right field,” said Wallace. “I was pretty good.”
As for his fastball, I asked him if he threw it hard.
“Yeah, but man I was wild,” he laughed.
From watching his play-by-play, he knows baseball.
“All the Yankees got is CC (Sabathia) and the closer (Mariano Rivera),” said Wallace. “We can hit everybody else.”
Note: I had a column in today’s Eagle-Tribune about Wallace’s seamless transition into Celtic-hood.