Chargers’ James bounces first pitch at Angels game

Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft pick Derwin James stands on the pitcher's mound before the game between the Angels and the Houston Astros on Wednesday.Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie safety Derwin James better stick to football.

James, who was selected with the 17th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, tossed a one-hop ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels’ home game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Angels outfielder Chris Young scooped up James’ offering, with the latter doing his best to keep a smile on his face.

“It was farther than I thought,” the 21-year-old James said.

James did get the business from the rest of the Chargers’ rookie draft class, which surrounded him on the mound. He also took a hit on Twitter as Chargers All-Pro cornerback Casey Hayward took issue with his attempt.

“You are trash first pitch didn’t make it!!!!” Hayward wrote.

James was Florida State’s lone All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection last season after being the Seminoles’ second-leading tackler with 84 stops. He also had two interceptions and one sack.



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