ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gerald McCoy received his chance.
On May 25, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. However, a minor accident delayed his arrival to Tropicana Field and forced McCoy and the Rays to call an audible.
On Wednesday, McCoy made good on his attempt to toss from the Trop’s mound before a game between the Rays and Boston Red Sox. He threw to Rays reliever Jamey Wright, who, like McCoy, is an Oklahoma City native.
“I didn’t warm up,” said McCoy, wearing a white No. 93 Rays jersey. “I just threw it. We had practice today, and I lifted. I was as loose as my shoulder can get. I play for (Bucs coach Greg) Schiano.”
The pitch — which Rays manager Joe Maddon told McCoy was “outstanding” — was a break in McCoy’s offseason training. The Bucs are two sessions into their three-day minicamp this week. They hold the final workout Thursday morning at One Buc Place.