If you watched a single UConn men's basketball game in the 2010-11 season, you surely know that Kemba Walker is from the Bronx. As a reuslt of that inner-city upbringing, he is tougher than every basketball player in the college game, more mighty and steadfast than any baller from any run-of-the-mill tough-as-nails city, like Pittsburgh or Baltimore.
And it's because of that mental fortitude and true-heartedness, Walker is able to excel in a practically any athletic endeavor. Whether it be a national championship basketball game, scuba diving or even baseball.
Even though the UConn junior grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, he was all about the crossover, not the chewing tobacky, as a toddler. But despite his lack of a baseball background, Walker was invited to do what any champion in a New England state would: throw out the first pitch at a Yankee game. (Hey, the Huskies are New York's team.)
How'd he do?
Sure, he was a little outside. But considering Walker was able to coax refs into calling oodles of fouls on opponents that dared cross his path this postseason, there's no way any MLB umpire wouldn't bend to his million-watt smile.
Roscoe Smith, however, wasn't given the same benefit of the doubt.
Smith, a Baltimore native, showed up to Yankee Stadium sporting a cap of the opposing Baltimore Orioles. That did not sit well with team manager Joe Girardi.
Joe Girardi couldn't stand the sight of UConn's Roscoe Smith posing on the Yankee Stadium field wearing an Orioles hat with the Yanks hours away from facing the O's.
So, in an effort to defend his turf, Girardi jokingly grabbed the cap off of Smith's head and replaced it with a Yankees cap. Smith, for the record, is from Baltimore.