Earlier this year I had the pleasure of shooting several Boise Hawks baseball games, the local short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. On one of those nights Idaho's Governor Butch Otter came to throw out the first pitch as part of a political convention. I had the chance to watch him play some catch while he got loose before the game, and I thought it would be great Friday fun to break down the Gov's mechanics. I can say that I'd stack our governor up against any other governor in the union when it comes to baseball, and rodeo, though that is probably a much closer race to call (I can only assume Rick Perry of Texas has ridden before). At any rate, it sure looks like he played when he was younger, and he doesn't need a sling-shot or any other apparatus to create velocity. Bring the heat governor, bring the heat.
In the first frame, I can only imagine he's telling the player in the foreground, "Son, you haven't seen real heat until you've seen governor heat." He catches well, not flinching or ducking out of the way when the ball comes, and even looks it right into his glove. He's got the classic "L" with his arm, and his glove hand is clearing out of the way as he rotates his hips and drives his feet. Even with boots on he still generates velocity, that's a man's man right there. He's throwing with two seams, so I can only assume he's got a filthy sinker. His political foes ought to pay attention to both power and craftiness? Pff, I don't think Russ Fulcher can handle his fastball from what I saw, but I'd guess that Butch ought not to hang any breaking stuff over the plate, as Russ can make an adjustment or two I'm sure. Hey, Governor Otter, you're welcome to play some ball with us this summer on our senior league baseball team. I can already vouch for the fact that you've got game. Till next time.