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A play-by-play of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin throwing the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game

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Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was in Baltimore on Wednesday night to throw out the first pitch at an Orioles game. Here is how this went, in visuals.

6:10 p.m. ET

Durkin grabs a baseball in the bowels of Camden Yards and begins to loosen up. He’s presumably seen what can happen when first-pitch honorees aren’t on target.

6:29 p.m.

Durkin consorts with the Orioles’ social media team, preparing for his pitch.

Durkin appears to be gripping a slider there, doesn’t he? Kind of hard to tell. I’m pondering a thinkpiece on what Durkin’s pitch grip could mean for the future of Maryland’s recruiting in the Greater Baltimore area. Probably something profound.

6:54 p.m., approximately

It’s go time.

Hey, that’s not bad!

Durkin throws a little bit high with considerable zip to Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, who is standing (squatting?) in as his catcher.

Some photographs, courtesy of the Orioles’ media-relations staff:

A nice wave beforehand.

dj durkin orioles first pitch

Nice arm slot, honestly. Could work on establishing more of a downward plane.

dj durkin orioles first pitch


dj durkin orioles first pitch

Durkin is the third Maryland football personality to throw out an Orioles first pitch in recent years. Randy Edsall and Stefon Diggs have both made previous appearances.