Giants first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley was brought out before the Yankees-Astros game in the Bronx Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he had just one goal in mind.
Throw it over the plate.
"When you step out of your element, that's when it gets different," Barkley told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "I actually was a little nervous. I didn't think I was gonna be nervous because in college I played in front of 110,000 [fans] on a weekly basis."
Whether it's other pro athletes or celebrities, throwing out the first pitch for all to see can get nerve-racking. Just take rapper 50 Cent for example. He didn't even come close in his first pitch at Citi Field, and it will forever live in infamy.
Barkley admitted he watched 50 Cent's video along with other bad first pitches to make sure he didn't do the same.
"On my way here I was watching all the videos, of the 50 Cents, and all the bad ones, I was like, 'I do not want to be on ESPN's Not Top 10,' " he said.
Barkley never played baseball growing up, but even after bouncing his first pitch, he still thinks he did better than his coach Pat Shurmur's first pitch at Citi Field.
"I think I did better than [Pat Shumur]. I got to redeem the Giants," Barkley said jokingly.
Barkley made his rounds in the Yankees dugout as well. And the one thing he got out of that experience: Aaron Judge is a very big person.
"Aaron Judge is huge," he said. "I've seen him on TV, but when I saw him in person I was like you could be a tight end or a D-end, easily, if he wanted to. I pitched him to come to the Giants and join the squad, but I think he's doing OK with baseball."
Barkley will hope to be as successful as Judge was in his rookie season. Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2017, and looking at New York superstars like Judge, Derek Jeter, and even his own teammates in Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., Barkley knows what comes with success in New York.
But he is just focused on helping his team first and foremost.
"I've never really thought about it, but you just look at the history of Eli and Odell and Judge and the Jeters of the world, the New York sports market, the media, it's huge," Barkley said.
"If you succeed here, you're gonna be known worldwide. I realize that, but that's not something I think about. I'm not really here to be a superstar. I'm here to play football, and play the game I love, and try my best every single day to bring a championship back to New York."