The first day of summer in New England brought warm temperatures in the mid-70's, a nice breeze and plenty of sunshine, perfect weather for a PawSox baseball game. On Thursday, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was on hand at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. to throw out the first pitch.
Gilmore fired the first pitch straight into the catcher's glove. "I was very excited, I tried not to bounce the ball but I'm excited to be out here," he said.
These days Stephon is tearing it up on the football field, but he has some experience on the baseball diamond too, playing shortstop and center field as a kid. "I grew up playing [baseball] a little bit. I just went in the other direction [but] I'm definitely a baseball fan," Gilmore said.
A long line of fans were eager to meet Stephon and get his autograph inside the stadium. Fans brought helmets, hats, jerseys and pictures of his memorable pass breakup from the AFC Championship game vs. the Jaguars for Stephon to sign. Gilmore was eager meet all the fans and take photos with them in his customized PawSox jersey.
From sitting courtside during the Celtics' playoff run to taking in a PawSox baseball game, Stephon is always excited to support all things New England. "I like going to support everyone around Boston. It's always good to show your face and show your support so I was happy to come out," he said about his trip to Pawtucket.
The PawSox came out with a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Bisons. Perhaps Stephon brought them a little good luck!